Date posted: 17/03/2019 2 min read

Our thoughts are with you

Our thoughts and prayers are with families and the Muslim community following the tragic events in Christchurch.

Our hearts go out to everyone affected by the events in Christchurch as we all come to terms with the tragedy.

It is timely to keep in mind, even take strength from UNESCO's Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity and its affirmation that the defence of cultural diversity is an ethical necessity, inseparable from respect for human dignity.

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand has been in touch with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh, the Institute of Indonesia Chartered Accountants, the Malaysian Institute of Accountants and the Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants expressing our shock at the shootings.

Members should not hesitate to contact us if we can help in any way. There are a range of options to support you including those on the CA wellbeing page on our website which provides links to wellbeing support services.

Various funds have been set up to support the victims and their families. These include Victim Support’s official Givealittle page: Christchurch Shooting Victims' Fund and Launch Good’s United for Christchurch – through the New Zealand Islamic Information Centre.

PwC Christchurch has advised that one of their team, Areeb Ahmed, was one of the victims. Areeb was a loved and respected member of the PwC family who will be deeply missed. A givealittle page has been set up to support Areeb’s parents and family in Pakistan.

Areeb was a very young member of the Pakistan CA community.

PwC CEO Mark Averill CA says: “Like many, we’re finding it so hard to believe that this has happened in New Zealand and in Christchurch. Let’s hope that we can restore and retain the safe environment that we all value so highly here in New Zealand.”

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