Queenstown hotel donates $15k to Christchurch survivor

The Rees Hotel Queenstown has donated $15,200 to a man traumatised by the Christchurch mosque shootings.

Yama Nabi was running late for prayer on the day of the shooting and arrived as 44 people were killed, including his father.

Nabi works at a meatworks and wanted time off work after witnessing the carnage.

Nabi applied for ACC to help recover from the trauma of the event, but according to a Radio New Zealand report, he was told he wasn’t a victim.

After the attacks, The Rees held a fund-raising dinner and auctioned items donated by the hotel’s suppliers.

The hotel's staff felt close to the Muslim community, as they host many Muslim guests and were devastated by the mosque attacks.

“Our team are part of a collective who all share the same wish to support the courageous families who have been left dealing with the devastating aftermath," said Mark Rose, CEO, The Rees Hotel & Luxury Apartments.

After CEO Mark Rose read Nabi's story, and got in contact. The hotel team agreed that the $15,200 fundraised should be donated to Nabi.