Over $1.6m paid to terror attack victims by Victim Support

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Wednesday, 10 April 2019, 5:47p.m.
Generous Kiwis have donated over $10 million to the fundraising campaign. (Photo / NZ Herald)

Victim Support has paid over $1.6 million to those directly impacted by the Christchurch terrorist attacks last month.

Their challenge now is to work out how to spend the rest of the donations. 

The total $1,670,28 of financial support includes $1,420,778 from funds raised and $249,500 from grants administered by Victim Support on behalf of the Ministry of Justice.

Victim Support has also provided support to 800 of those directly affected by the events on March 15, the charity confirmed today.

Currently, over $10 million has been fundraised through a Givealittle page. 

General Manager Cam Cotter told Larry Williams they're working out how to allocate the money, and are consulting with the community on how it should be spent. 

"I think we've got some time to go around that consultation long-term, but certainly there are systems in place to make sure we can support people now."

Cotter says the first priority has been providing money to victims in the immediate aftermath.

"We've been able to support a really wide range of support needs. Victim Support does not just support financial needs, we put a support worker in place to work with a victim and their family on how they meet all their needs."

Fifty people were killed in the terrorist attack last month and another 50 were injured with the first payments from the fund made within days of the event.

Cotter says that the key thing for them has been to make funds available quickly, with the first payments paid out within three days of the fundraising campaign being launched. 

Victim Support initial funding:

  • $15,000 lump sum payment for each deceased family member ($10,000 from Victim Support's public fundraising; $5000 from the Ministry of Justice Victim Assistance Scheme via its usual criteria.)
  • $5,000 lump sum payment for each person hospitalised
  • Emergency grants for immediate expenses resulting from the incident, including funeral expenses, travel and accommodation for victims' families, counselling, and other discretionary costs, assessed on a case-by-case basis.
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