When Raf told me about tonight and the launch of the Sakinah Trust, I could not have been happier. What a glorious way to celebrate Mothers’ Day.
Seeing Muslim women taking a leadership role as agents of change makes me feel a strong sense of pride as Mayor of Christchurch.
You have truly captured the essence of community-led development.
We have heard the meaning of Sakinah and the commitment to both restore and grow these elements to the communities of Christchurch – tranquillity, peace, calmness and belonging.
Your commitment is to honour those whose lives who were so cruelly taken on 15 March 2019. And this has been enabled by the funds that were gifted from across the city, the country and the globe.
Born of tragedy, inspired by compassion and empowered by generosity were the phrases that came to mind. The commitment to bringing the Muslim and wider communities together to build community resilience, founded on social inclusion, social capital and social mobility, shows why this must be community led to succeed. And succeed you will.
And we will be with you every step of the way.
Our commitment as a city is that we stand together, you are never alone – that’s what we mean when we say ko tatou tatou, we are one.