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Blues midfielder Sonny Bill Williams is lending his support to the victims of the Christchurch mosque mass shootings.
Sonny Bill Williams is lending his support to the victims’ families of the Christchurch mosque mass shootings.
The All Blacks and Blues rugby star, who is a Muslim, has partnered with the Muslims Around The World Project (MATW) to raise funds for the victims’ families.
Forty-nine people have been confirmed dead after the terrorist attack at two Christchurch mosques on Friday afternoon with 39 patients being treated in Christchurch Hospital.
“We are 1 community & we stand firm in supporting one another & those in need,” Williams posted.
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I’ve partnered with MATW Project to raise funds for victims’ families from yesterday’s mass shooting @ Friday prayer. We are 1 community & we stand firm in supporting one another & those in need. Show your generosity by donating to https://t.co/akkqTRE0hY(Select emergency appeal) pic.twitter.com/GuoxwERN1p
— Sonny Bill Williams (@SonnyBWilliams) March 16, 2019
“Our thoughts and sympathies are with everyone affected by the mass shootings at Friday prayers in New Zealand.
“The MATW team and community is deeply upset and outraged by these disturbing attacks. We are one community and we stand firm in supporting one another and those in need.”
MATW is a community based, non-profit organisation that aims at providing financial assistance and outreach to those in need.
My heart is hurting about the news coming out of Christchurch. Sending love & prayers to the effected families❤️😢 pic.twitter.com/7PX9wc56b8
— Sonny Bill Williams (@SonnyBWilliams) March 15, 2019
Through tears in a video on social media, Williams said he was struggling to comprehend what had happened.
“Just heard the news i couldn’t put it into words how I’m feeling right now,” he said in the video.
“(I’m) sending out my duas to everyone that’s been killed today in Christchurch…you guys are all in paradise.
“I’m just deeply, deeply saddened this would happen in New Zealand.”
Dua is said to be the very essence of worship.
Williams lived in Christchurch between 2010 and 2011, where he played for the Crusaders (in 2011) and the Canterbury provincial rugby team.
A link to donate to the MATW project can be found on Williams’ Twitter account.