A gunman killed 50 people and wounded another 50 worshippers at two mosques in Christchurch last Friday, March 15, prompting outpourings of grief in New Zealand and across the world.
Hours after the terror attack, Hollywood talent manager and producer Oseary started a GoFundMe campaign, with the aim of raising $100,000 (£75,450) to help the survivors and families affected by the shooting.
However, thanks to the generosity of his famous friends, Oseary's GoFundMe now stands at $137,805 (£103,969).
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It’s been 3 days and we just crossed the $100,000 mark!!! Over 400 of you contributed!! Thank you so much for your donations and to the many that helped spread the word about this campaign.. It was October 27, 2018 when 11 people were killed during Shabbat prayers at the Pittsburgh Tree Of Life synagogue… It was the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the United States. A GoFundMe campaign for the families of the victims was set up by Shay Khatiri, a DC-based Iranian immigrant who loves the American Jewish community and moved quickly to help. I donated and supported that campaign. You can see what I wrote about my experience of Anti-Semitism on that devastating day. This time around, it was important for me — an Israeli Jew — to show love and care for the Muslim community on another painful, sad day that left 50 innocent people dead in #NewZealand. This @gofundme campaign is a small gesture of support and love, and an acknowledgement that we are all connected. We're still working with GoFundMe to determine an organization that can provide much needed support to the Christchurch families and community and will update you here as soon as possible. I’m so grateful for those of you that contributed. I’ve included all your names in this post!! 🙌🏽 Link here and in bio: https://www.gofundme.com/christchurch-mosques-fundraiser Some words from John Lennon’s IMAGINE: “Imagine all the people, Living life in peace.. You may say that I'm a dreamer But I'm not the only one I hope someday you'll join us And the world will be as one” #Thankyou #enoughisenough ☪️✡️✝️☸️🕉☮️ ✌🏼
Ashton, Ben Stiller, Ava DuVernay and Judd Apatow all donated $1,000 (£754) while Chris Rock made a generous pledge of $5,000 (£3,772) and "I Feel Pretty" star Amy contributed $500 (£377). Meanwhile, Madonna donated a staggering $10,000 (£7,544).
Designers Rachel Zoe and Lorraine Schwartz also contributed to the campaign.
Detailing his aim for the GoFundMe campaign on its homepage, Oseary wrote: "My heart breaks for the victims and for their families. I've started a gofund me campaign to support those affected by this tragedy at this very difficult time, and making a personal contribution of $18,000 on behalf of my family to the victims of this terrorist attack.
"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. Please join me in helping. #enoughisenough."
New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced plans to introduce new anti-gun laws in the wake of the tragedy.