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News Banking industry contributes $1 million to Christchurch families’ fund

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The banking industry has today contributed $1 million to the Christchurch Foundation’s Our People, Our City Fund to meet the long and short term needs of the families most affected by Friday’s terror attacks. 

New Zealand Bankers’ Association chair David McLean said the industry shared the sense of shock of all New Zealanders and wants to support the families now and in the future. 

“The banking industry is appalled by the horrific attacks in Christchurch on Friday and stands alongside Cantabrians at this terrible time.”

Finance Minister Grant Robertson acknowledged the “generous contribution” from New Zealand’s banks to support families who are going through immeasurable grief and suffering. 

“This stands alongside the generosity of individual New Zealanders supporting the people affected by this attack,” Grant Robertson said.

David McLean said the contribution came from across the banking sector.

“New Zealand Bankers’ Association members have committed $1 million to the Our People, Our City Fund, which will meet the immediate and long term needs of the families most directly affected. New Zealanders can join us in donating to this important cause. Donations can be made at most banks around New Zealand. 

“Those who have lost loved ones should contact their bank to see how they can be best supported during this difficult time.”

Amy Carter, chief executive of the Christchurch Foundation, welcomed this initiative. 

“The Christchurch Foundation is pleased to be working with the NZBA and its members to support the families of this tragic event, both now and into the future. A contribution of this scale is incredibly generous. Thank you to the banks and the NZBA.”

The account number to donate to is: 15-3976-0091104-80. Donations can be made online or at most bank branches. 

The banking industry’s contribution to the Our People, Our City Fund has been made in accordance with Islamic principles and in consultation with the Muslim community.