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This is a message from the three Rotary Club Presidents in Christchurch regarding the recent terror attack in their peaceful city of Christchurch.
This senseless and cruel act is something beyond comprehension. Rotary is about building communities not tearing them down and one of our most important objects is fostering international understanding and peace, not war.  We are about caring for and supporting people and communities in their time of distress and need.
Please consider supporting the appeal by the Presidents of the three Rotary Clubs in Christchurch and sharing their email with your members, along with this message at this very sad time.
District 9500 Governor  David Egan

Email message received from the Christchurch Rotary Club Presidents:

There are no words to sufficiently express the enormous sense of sadness and outrage
regarding Friday's events and the immense impact this has had on the local Muslim
communities in the areas of the Riccarton, Linwood‐Woolston and Ferrymead clubs and on
our wider community as a whole.

At an appropriate time in the near future we will seek to make contact directly with local
leaders in the Muslim community to see how Rotarians can offer further support.
In the meantime, we can act now by making a significant donation to a Rotary fund that has
been set up to support the victims of this devastating attack.

We are asking all clubs within our district to make a donation towards this fund, which will
be made as a joint donation and message of support from all Rotarians in our district.
We also condemn in the strongest terms the base values and attitudes directed towards our
migrant community who have just as many rights as we all do to live life free from violence
and prejudice. Those values are a complete anathema to the values of Rotary.

Please support this appeal generously by making a donation to the account below.

Yours in Rotary
Shane Murdoch ‐ President, RC of Riccarton
Theresa Shaugnessy ‐ President, RC of Linwood/Woolston
Barbara Crooks ‐ President, RC of Ferrymead

The account numbers for the fund being managed by the Riccarton Club is:
Swift Code: WPACNZ2W
03 0823 0350538 00
Reference: Mosque Appeal

Ken Booth, District Administrator
Rotary International District 9970 (Inc.)
PO Box 8073, Riccarton, Christchurch 8440
New Zealand
Phone: 03 386 0256, Mobile: 0211 308 663