21 Mar 2019

People can show their support for the victims and families affected by the attacks in the city in a variety of ways.

A simple message of love.

A simple message of love.

Volunteer

Anyone wanting to offer practical help to those affected by the recent tragedy can call the Council on 941-8999 (or 0800 800 169), or email info@ccc.govt.nz(external link).

Staff will record all offers of assistance and forward them to the appropriate agencies.

Donate money or food vouchers

At the Mayor's request, The Christchurch Foundation(external link) has established a fund to help raise money for the ongoing support of the families and Muslim communities impacted by Friday's tragic events.

The fund is called Our People, Our City.

Anyone wishing to contribute to the fund can do so at most bank branches or by bank transfer to the foundation’s bank account listed below:

The Christchurch Foundation 15-3976-0091104-80

If you want to donate money in other ways, please seek out official platforms and banks rather than using links in emails or on social media, as these could be scams. More information about such scams is available on the CERT NZ website(external link).

Food voucher donations would also be much appreciated. These can be delivered to My Fathers Barbers at 188 Clarence Street in Riccarton and the main counters at the Council Civic building at 53 Hereford Street or any Council Service Centres.

Reflect and remember

The Great Hall at the Arts Centre of Christchurch in Worcester Boulevard is open as a place of reflection and gathering. All are welcome.

A condolence book has been set up on the ground floor of the central library, Tūranga, where people can leave messages of support and sympathy. Tūranga is open from 8am until 8pm on weekdays, and from 10am until 5pm at weekends.

Flowers are being placed at:

• The Botanic Gardens entrance, along Rolleston Avenue

• The intersection of Linwood Avenue and Aldwins Road

• The intersection of Cashel Street and Linwood Avenue

Take care of yourself

If you are feeling distressed in the wake of these tragic events, you can call or text 1737 at any time, day or night, to speak to a trained counsellor. It is important to take care of yourself at this time, as well as others.

The Charity Hospital is also offering free counselling to people needing extra support.

If you need help, please contact the Charity Hospital to make an appointment: Phone 03 360 2266 (8am until 5pm) or 020 4098 0750 (after hours). Email: reception@charityhospital.org.nz