Agents unit across the ditch for victims of Christchurch massacre

REAL estate agents from around Australia and New Zealand are joining forces to support victims of the Christchurch massacre, and their families.

A call has gone out to northern beaches agents to join the trans-Tasman movement, which will culminate in a conference in Christchurch on May 2.

Fifty people died and another 50 were injured on March 15, when a gunman, alleged to be a 28-year-old Australian man, attacked two mosques in Christchurch.

It is the deadliest mass shooting in New Zealand history.

Aptly called RISE 2019, the conference will feature a collection of guest speakers, including Sydney author and journalist Peter Fitzsmons, and representatives of the real estate industries in both countries.

Also expected to speak at the conference is New Zealander Farid Ahmed, whose wife Husna Ahmed was killed, while trying to rescue her wheelchair-bound husband from the gunman in the Al Noor Mosque.

John Cunningham, former president of the Real Estate Institute of NSW, and managing director of northern beaches agency Cunninghams Property, has thrown his support behind the initiative, started by his friend Chris Hanley, director of First National Byron Bay.

“Chris came up with the concept, to put together a conference that will show solidarity and help boost the local economy and raise money for families of the victims,” he said.

“Every single dollar is going to the families as all speakers are doing it for free including airfares and accommodation and the venue and logistics expenses are being paid for by the core organising group.”

Mr Cunningham and his colleague Georgi Bates will be guest speakers at the conference, and he said he was hoping to see plenty of locals make the trip.

But physically going to the conference isn’t the only way people can help. Donations are being taken, and anyone can join a live stream of the conference for a donation. There is no set fee to join, making it very accessible.

“It’s not just going to be about real estate, we are going to talk a lot about overcoming adversity and how to be better human beings,” Mr Cunningham said.

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