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RMIT Training holds Remembrance Service for Christchurch attack
On Friday, 29 March, RMIT Training’s community of students and employees came together to pay tribute to the recent attack on members of Christchurch’s Muslim community, taking the lives of 50 innocent people at a mosque for Friday prayers.
RMIT Training’s CEO, Catherine O’Sullivan, led a touching and emotional Remembrance Service, where guests were invited to place a tealight candle into a large heart shape in a gesture of support, acknowledgement of grief and solidarity with our diverse multicultural community.
Ms O’Sullivan then addressed fellow mourners. “Today, we stand united in grief with our Muslim students and employees because we are all one community, one family. We also offer our condolences to the people of New Zealand and the families of all those who have been affected by the tragic events in Christchurch.”
“This was an attack on all people and their beliefs so it’s important we stand united and strong in response to the actions of others who try to divide us and turn us against each other. Our strength, not our weakness, lies in the diversity of humanity.”
The service concluded with RMIT Training student, Hattim Rakan S Alkuryyea, reading a prayer from the Quran on behalf of the student community at RMIT Training. Following the ceremony, guests were invited to share Arabic tea and sweets served by some of our student ambassadors. This was an opportunity for all attendees to reflect on the service and to contribute a message of peace, which was then added into a heart shape on our main student noticeboard.
As an organisation, RMIT Training welcomes students from all over the world, many of whom are of Muslim faith. Fostering a strong sense of community and belonging amongst students and employees is what we are known for and why we continue to attract international students from over 50 different countries. RMIT Training is proud to be a diverse community and embraces all people, providing the same opportunities to everyone.
Above: RMIT Training Pathways student, Hattim Rakan S Alkuryyea, concluding the service with a prayer.
Above: A time for reflection: sharing Arabic tea and sweets