10 year old girl raises over $650 for Christchurch victims by selling cookies

Must See 19/03/2019

A Northland 10-year-old has raised $650 for the victims of the Christchurch terror attack by selling cookies.

India Ruddell's father Kelly Ruddell told Newshub her family lives in a remote part of the Far North and could not make it to a remembrance event.

Kelly said India baked hundreds of cookies for the fundraising efforts because, for them, the best way to support the Muslim community is monetarily.

"The news of Friday hit her hard and she was left in panic mode... to help her nerves she started cooking hundreds of cookies to sell."

India sold 250 cookies in 45 minutes, raising a total of $650.

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Kelly said he's very proud of his daughter's actions.

"We are very committed to helping our community stay alive so we do a lot of volunteer work. She has grown up being involved in this.

"It's now her go to response when she sees a problem or can see people who need help. Her instinct is to put in the effort. We are so proud of who she is growing into.

"Very compassionate and anxious for others but that makes her heart so big and she pours that love into solutions."

India told Newshub she felt bad for all the people who lost family members or were injured.

"It was scary for me so it must have been awfully scary for them. I want to help them feel better. I want other kids to see we are all a community and we need to be nice to each other."

Fifty people were killed on Friday when a gunman opened fire in the Deans Ave and Linwood Ave mosques in Christchurch.

Givealittle page for Victim Support New Zealand has raised $5.3 million so far.