Celebrities have supported several victims of the far-right terrorist attack in New Zealand by donating thousands of dollars.
Some of the biggest names in Hollywood were some of the biggest donors as well.
Names like Madonna, Josh Brolin, Ben Stiller, Judd Apatow and Chris Rock alone raised more than $100,000. Guy Oseary, who is Madonna’s present manager, set up an appeal after 50 people got killed in an attack on two mosques.
Both the attacks took place in the same week, not only killing that many people, but also wounding several more.
Oseary himself was the largest single donor, with his donation amounting to $18,000, followed by Madonna at $10,000.
The owner of Live Nation Entertainment, the world’s largest concert promotions company, Michael Rapino, was also there and donated $5,000 alongside Chris Rock. There was also a donation of $9,000 from an anonymous donor.
Some of the other famous faces to make donations included Amy Schumer, Ashton Kutcher and Joshua Kushner who happens to be the brother of Jared Kushner and husband of Karli Kloss.
Oseary wrote on the appeal page how he empathizes with the victims and their families and how he has started a campaign to support those who were affected by this catastrophe.
He made a personal contribution of $18,000 to the victims of this attack hoping to better their lives in any way possible.
He added to the writing that he is working with firms that will ensure that all donations are transferred to an organization whose motive is to provide help and support to the affected families and the community as a whole.
In addition to that, he said that all further information about the distribution of funds would be provided once they become available and start actively researching for the best organizations in New Zealand.
He ended the appeal saying how he wanted the whole world to join him and help these victims.
Alongside this, tearful teenagers in New Zealand staged a haka, which is a traditional Maori spirit dance. This took place outside the Al Noor mosque which also was one of the two attacked mosques. The majority of deaths occurred in this mosque.
There was a sunset prayer session outside Al Noor mosque, which was the scene of the largest massacre, with mournful cries of friends and family.
The mosque witnessed a Maori cleansing ceremony earlier which brought together Muslim leaders, indigenous Kiwis and the local officials.
Students from Auckland also gathered in Orewa College to form a heart and say the message ‘Stay Strong’, which is ‘Kia Kaha’ in Maori.
In the meantime, an Australian Brenton Tarrant who is 28 years of age fired his lawyer and announced that he would defend himself in the court of law after he was charged with murder over the attack.
Although he is facing one charge of murder, more charges are expected to come his way in the next few days. He has not yet applied for bail or asked for his name to be suppressed.
He is supposed to appear in front of the High Court on April 5th.
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