“WHAT DID WE LEARN?”
We learned that there was a hunger among good people everywhere to collaborate and to belong in a way that connected them to good works. We learned that with the right intention, obstacles come but they are overcome. We learned the power of rising together and the privilege we have to be able to do something.
“CAN YOU HELP?”
The word began to seep out to the real estate industry to connect good people to what we were trying to achieve. Not all of the good people are in the same network and so a non-branded, collaborative platform called RISE emerged; and it did so because some good people said, ‘Yes’.
Everyone who spoke and organised the event were self-funded in their involvement so that every dollar from the generous people through ticket sales and donations was able to flow directly to the families of the the victims.
“HOW DID IT GO?”
We had no idea what was going to happen. There is no rule book or blueprint to see the intent manifest to achieve its objectives.
The conference was held in Christchurch on the 2 May and live streamed to a global audience. Farid Ahmed opened RISE2019.
Ahmed, lost his much-beloved wife, Husna, in the attack. He told the story of how Husna had led a group of children to safety and then was shot dead on re-entering the mosque to assist him to escape in his wheelchair. Despite his unimaginable loss, Ahmed’s message of compassion and forgiveness was profoundly moving.
Ahmed started the day talking about how humans, in their different-ness are like different coloured flowers peacefully enriching the garden they share and he asked us to consider community. The community, like a garden, was made more beautiful by different coloured flowers and they all have a way of being in the garden and having their own beauty uninterrupted by the differences in the flowers next to them.
The upshot of the fundraising from ticket sales, from donations, and from a huge charity auction before lunch meant that in a period of just 48 days, we were able to raise over NZD$170,000 for the families of the victims.
RISE will continue as an expression of gratitude from the real estate industry for the privilege that we can do something.
RISE will continue to be a platform to connect good people from the real estate industry to good causes in the future. RISE2020 will be hosted in Melbourne and we look forward to connecting our people to another good cause.