Pictured Above: Selwyn Forge is raising money to benefit the family of Khaled Mustafa (second from left), who was killed along with his 16-year-old son Hamza, in the Christchurch, New Zealand, mosque shooting earlier this month. Mustafa worked alongside Chris Green (left), Gareth Griffiths (second from right) and Nick Mason (right) since arriving 6 months ago in New Zealand from Syria.
A team of farriers is banding together to help a colleague’s family who were among the victims of the Christchurch, New Zealand, mosque shooting earlier this month.
Gareth Griffiths, who owns and operates Selwyn Forge in Darfield, New Zealand, is raising money for the family of Khaled Mustafa, a farrier from war-torn Syria who immigrated to New Zealand in hopes of raising his family in a “safe haven.” Mustafa and his 16-year-old son Hamza were killed in the mosque attack. Another son, 13-year-old Zaid, is recovering from surgery to repair wounds suffered in the shooting.
“We are overwhelmed with the kindness, generosity and support shown by the people within and outside of the New Zealand equine industry and from across the world,” according to a post on the Selwyn Forge Facebook page. “It is humbling to be able to support Khaled’s family in this time of mourning. Your donations mean so much.”
Griffiths welcomed Mustafa into the fold of his farrier practice soon after he arrived in New Zealand.
“We did what we could to help them integrate into their new home,” according to Selwyn Forge. “He was a man full of passion and knowledge about our equine companions. … We hold very heavy hearts in the wake of this loss and send all of our love and thoughts to Khaled’s wife, daughter and son.”
While fundraising efforts have been launched by New Zealand Council of Victim Support Groups for all of the victims at Victim Support Official Page: Christchurch Shooting Victims’ Fund, Griffiths has established a fund especially for Mustafa’s family. For details, please send a private message on Facebook to Selwyn Forge.