Hollywood music industry mogul Guy Oseary has been spending some time in New Zealand lately, not only because the band he manages, U2, is touring the country right now, but also because he wanted to reach out to the Muslim community in Christchurch who were targeted in a terror attack earlier this year.
The 47-year-old who also manages Madonna and a number of other big names, stopped by the Al Noor and Linwood Mosques with his wife Michelle, where 51 people were killed on March 15.
“As I walked into Al Noor Mosque I was overwhelmed with emotion,” he writes in an Insta post.
“I began to recall the distressing images that many of us saw online of that fateful day,” he continues. “The resilience and positivity of the incredible men and women I met at the Mosque is something I will never forget.”
Oseary started a GoFundMe campaign in the United States soon after the devastating shootings occurred to support the victims and their families.
“I read the frightening details and I could barely find the strength to watch a short clip of the disturbing footage. My heart breaks for the victims and their families,” he wrote at the time.
He managed to raise over US$155,000 for the Victim Support Appeal with contributions made from over 600 people around the world including Madonna, Ashton Kutcher and Ben Stiller.
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On the 15th of March, 51 people were killed in Christchurch , New Zealand .. 2 consecutive terrorist attacks at Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Islamic Centre during Friday prayer.. I started a gofund me campaIgn in support of our muslim brothers and sisters.. with the help of 692 donors from 30 different countries over 150 thousand dollars was raised for the victims families.. Yesterday I travelled to christchurch.. As I walked into Al Noor Mosque I was overwhelmed with emotion.. I began to recall the distressing images that many of us saw online of that fateful day.. The resilience and positivity of the incredible men and women I met at the Mosque is something I will never forget. The Imam of the Mosque Gamal Fouda in the photo beside me is very special and inspiring.. I continued on to Linwood Mosque Centre, where we were greeted by beautiful and joyous humans Abdul Aziz, Ahmed Jahanqir and Mohammed Khursheed.. they are the men in the other photo.. Its hard to imagine how they can shine so brightly with all the darkness they encountered.. But there they were. Full of Light and Full of Love.. Adbul , the man in middle of the photo is considered a hero. He chased down the shooter preventing even more deaths.. Ahmed was shot in the arm.. Once again, I was standing in the same room that many innocent people were killed in and yet the survivors were resilient and positive.. Abdul explained that the killers intent was to divide us all .. but he failed.. as people from all over the world from all different faiths have came together to support their community.. I am one of those people.. I’m fortunate to have made my way to Christchurch so that I could personally pay my heartfelt respect and condolences.. Im grateful to have shared this life changing experience with my wife Michelle.. Thank you to Jo De Joux and all the victim support team men and women who continue to give support to the victims and their families.. Jumayah, Abdigani, Jamal , Claire and everyone else I met yesterday 🙏🏼 If anyone reading this should ever find themselves in Christchurch or near it, please go visit these mosques and meet these inspiring men and women.. Salam , Shalom, Peace ✌🏼
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Oseary who was born in Israel, told the mosque that just a few months before the Christchurch shootings, his own Jewish community was devastated by an attack on a synagogue in Pittsburgh which claimed the lives of 11 innocent people.
A GoFundMe page to support the families of the victims was set up by an Iranian immigrant at the time, which appears to have inspired Oseary’s kindness.
“If anyone reading this should ever find themselves in Christchurch or near it, please go visit these mosques and meet these inspiring men and women,” Oseary writes.
He ends his post saying “Salam, Shalom, Peace.”