The 33-year-old Blues star, who is a devout Muslim, has linked up with the Muslims Around The World Project (MATW) to raise funds for the families of those directly affected by the attacks, which has claimed the lives of 49 people and injured more than 40.
MATW is a non-profit organisation that aims to provide financial aide and assistance to those in need.
“We are 1 community & we stand firm in supporting one another & those in need,” Williams posted on his social media accounts.
I’ve partnered with MATW Project to raise funds for victims’ families from yesterday’s mass shooting @ Friday prayer. We are 1 community & we stand firm in supporting one another & those in need. Show your generosity by donating to https://t.co/akkqTRE0hY(Select emergency appeal) pic.twitter.com/GuoxwERN1p
— Sonny Bill Williams (@SonnyBWilliams) March 16, 2019
“Our thoughts and sympathies are with everyone affected by the mass shootings at Friday prayers in New Zealand.
“The MATW team and community is deeply upset and outraged by these disturbing attacks. We are one community and we stand firm in supporting one another and those in need.”
The announcement of Williams’ partnership with MATW comes a day after posting an emotional video on social media in support of the victims.
My heart is hurting about the news coming out of Christchurch. Sending love & prayers to the effected families??? pic.twitter.com/7PX9wc56b8
— Sonny Bill Williams (@SonnyBWilliams) March 15, 2019
“Just heard the news i couldn’t put it into words how I’m feeling right now,” he said in the video.
“[I’m] sending out my duas to everyone that’s been killed today in Christchurch…you guys are all in paradise.
“I’m just deeply, deeply saddened this would happen in New Zealand.”
Williams lived in Christchurch between 2010 and 2011 during his time with the Crusaders and Canterbury.
A link to donate to the MATW page can be found on Williams’ Twitter account.
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