The Armidale and wider New England North West communities gathered this afternoon at the University of New England’s campus Mosque to commemorate the lives lost in Christchurch.
Professor Todd Walker, UNE’s Acting Vice Chancellor, offered the University’s thoughts and sincerest condolences to all those who were affected by last Friday’s terrible events, especially to NewZealand’s Muslim people.
“Embracing and celebrating diversity is the most concrete action we at UNE can take against the events that occurred in Christchurch. We are an inclusive and welcoming community, and we need to ensure we demonstrate zero tolerance to divisive behaviour,” Prof. Walker said.
“The gathering today sends a strong message of hope, support and love. It is just the start of a number of gatherings, open days and feasts we are planning.
“At UNE, we are home to staff and students from 70 countries. This rich mix of people is what makes our University and Armidale such a vibrant and special place.
“I am grateful to the President of UNE Mosque, Mr Hussein Megahed, for welcoming the UNE and Armidale communities to the Mosque today to celebrate inclusiveness and acceptance.”