- Publish Date
- Monday, 18 March 2019, 8:13PM
A GoFundMe page was set up in the wake of the Christchurch terror attack after the manager of U2 and Madonna decided he wanted to help the victims of the mosque shootings.
Celebrities including Madonna, Ben Stiller, Chris Rock and Josh Brolin have donated thousands to the fundraiser for the Kiwi terror attack victims.
The GoFundMe page has reached US$88,000 ($130,000) of its US$100,000 goal after being set up by Guy Oseary, the manager for Madonna and the band U2, who pledged US$18,000 ($26,000).
Actor Stiller, filmmaker Judd Apatow and actor Ashton Kutcher each pledged US$1000 ($1460).
Other donations came from Madonna, who pledged US$10,000 ($14,600), and comedian Rock gave US$5000 ($7300).
Directors Judd Apatow and Ava DuVernay, author Tiffanie DeBartolo and Hollywood star Josh Brolin and family also donated.
Oseary wrote on the page: "I read the frightening details and could barely find the strength to watch a short clip of the disturbing footage. My heart breaks for the victims and for their families…
"We will work with GoFundMe to ensure all funds are transferred to an organisation providing support to the families and community.
"We will provide additional information about the distribution of funds as soon as it becomes available and are actively researching the best organisations in New Zealand to receive what is raised."
Meanwhile in Aotearoa, over $7 million has been raised to support victims of the Christchurch terror attack.
About 70,000 donors flocked to one Givalittle page alone, raising more than $5.5 million for the victims and families of Friday's attack in which a gunman killed 50 people at two Christchurch mosques and injured many others.
The page started by the non-profit Victim Support group set a new Givealittle record by raising $3.5m within its first 24 hours.
A separate LaunchGood fundraising page managed by the NZ Islamic Information Centre had also collected more than $2m.
Elsewhere, New Zealand's banking industry donated a further $1m to a new fund set up at the request of Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel.
This article has excerpts from an article originally published at nzherald.co.nz and is reproduced here with permission.