New Zealanders among the team at the Gallagher Mulgrave branch were deeply saddened by the tragedy in Christchurch on Friday 15 April, when a terrorist gunman opened fire on Muslim worshippers at two mosques in the city, killing 50.
In support of the victims and their families, Internal Account Executives Brenna Shirtcliff and Sara King organised a fundraising Kiwi-style morning tea to be held on the one-week anniversary of the event.
The morning tea featured New Zealand treats and goodies contributed by the Mulgrave team, and raised $325 by gold coin donation, as well as inviting contributions from the wider Gallagher business to the Christchurch Shooting Victims' Fund.
Islam is practised by more than 3000 people in Christchurch and the wider Canterbury region and the victims included recent refugees from the conflict in Syria. New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern condemned the massacre as "one of New Zealand's darkest days”.
“This is your home. You should have been safe here,” she told the mourning Christchurch Muslim community.
Sara and Brenna say they are extremely proud of how the team members in the Mulgrave office came together to show so much support and sympathy.
“This really has been an eye opener for both of us about how much love there is in an increasingly divisive world,” Sara says.
In line with Prime Minister Ardern’s request for New Zealand to observe two minutes of silence at the time of the shooting, the North Sydney office fell quiet at 11.45am on Friday 22.
Gallagher is a strong advocate for an open society, where empathy is not a weakness, as listed in the tenets of the Gallagher Way, the company’s ethical charter.
See how Gallagher’s commitment to supporting the communities where we operate translates as a real life ‘blueprint for better’ in our 2018 Corporate Social Responsibility Report, which features two of Gallagher Australia's volunteering programs.