Ngaio vigil supports Muslim community
March 18, 2019
Fifty candles flickered alongside flowers and handwritten cards, as people sat in the Ngaio Scout Hall, heads down, in a moment of silence on Sunday.
Group Leader Hadyn Nicholls held back tears as he spoke saying scouts had been in Ngaio a long time and were there to support the community.
He knew a lot of Ngaio residents didn’t want to travel into the city for the vigil at the Basin Reserve so made the last minute decision to hold a vigil himself.
About 60 gathered to support the Muslim community.
“I had no idea how many would turn up. It’s nice to be there for the community, that’s what scouts is about.”
Katie Bramley, a local teacher who worked with refugees, was filled with grief and sat in tears. “That could’ve been my families, that could’ve been the kids I taught.”
She told the story of a Pakistan boy whose father outlived two car bombs. They came to New Zealand, as a safe country: safe enough for their children to walk to school. “To think they could’ve come here and had this happen to them.”
She was moved by the local event. “It’s so nice to have a place where you can be connected to your community and grieve.”
Assistant group leader, Andrew Evans said it showed there was a need for the Ngaio community to come together.
He explained that in a small, local setting people were able to bring their kids, when they otherwise might not have.