The Bundaberg community rallied today to mourn those who died in the Christchurch terror attack while showing solidarity with Muslim friends and neighbours.
Hundreds of people from all walks of life attended the Bundaberg Turkish and Islamic Society open day at the Hanbury Street Mosque.
Scarlett Kayis gave a moving speech during the official proceedings.
Mrs Kayis met a Turkish Muslim in Bundaberg in 2009, married and converted to Islam.
She reflected today on the terrible events in Christchurch, in which 51 innocent lives were taken and many more injured.
“What it showed the world is that terror has no religion or ethnicity,” she said.
“Terror has no humanity.
“We must be mindful of all those who drive to divide and spread hate and fear among our diverse society.
“We must choose love and stand united.”
Mrs Kayis thanked everyone who attended. “May we continue to remain united through healing for each other in the name of humanity,” she said.
Bundaberg Region Mayor Jack Dempsey said the Christchurch terror attack was an evil act which has been rightly condemned.
“The Bundaberg Region welcomes people of all nationalities and faiths,” he said.
“We are an inclusive society. Muslim people have been living and working here for generations and contribute much to our community.
“The outpouring of grief following the Christchurch atrocity has led us all to reflect on the importance of peace and tolerance.
“I say to our Muslim brothers and sisters in the Bundaberg Region that we are friends and we stand with you at this tragic time.”