Sup­port for fam­ily struck by drown­ing tragedy

Com­mu­nity unites for tod­dler’s griev­ing fam­ily

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Philippe Co­querand­

TRAGEDY struck the small town of Mount Perry last week, when a three-year-old boy drowned in a dam on his fam­ily’s property.

The loss was felt not only by the boy’s fam­ily, but also by the en­tire com­mu­nity of Mount Perry.

Now, in the wake of the dev­as­tat­ing event, com­mu­nity mem­bers have come to­gether to sup­port the fam­ily dur­ing this unimag­in­ably dif­fi­cult time.

The Mount Perry Grand Ho­tel will host two fundrais­ers, with pro­ceeds go­ing to­wards the fam­ily.

A close friend and com­mu­nity mem­ber said the fundrais­ers were a way of show­ing their sup­port.

“We’re do­ing an Easter bas­ket raf­fle and all do­na­tions will be go­ing to the fam­ily,” they said.

“We’ve also got a wheel­bar­row fundraiser for all mem­bers to par­tic­i­pate.”

The friend said that peo­ple have even come into the ho­tel it­self to give a do­na­tion to the fam­ily.

“The fam­ily is dev­as­tated and over­whelmed with the amount of com­mu­nity sup­port they’ve re­ceived over the past few days,” they said.

“Peo­ple would drop in and do ev­ery­thing they can to help the fam­ily.

“The sup­port in this com­mu­nity is be­yond words.”

The Grand Ho­tel will also host a me­mo­rial for the three-year-old with a band to sup­port the fam­ily. The event will take place at 5pm

❝ The fam­ily is dev­as­tated and over­whelmed with the amount of com­mu­nity sup­port they’ve re­ceived. — Fam­ily friend

on April 21.

Af­ter­wards some bal­loons will be re­leased.

Ear­lier, a Queens­land Po­lice Ser­vice spokesman said they re­ceived a call regarding a miss­ing child in Mount Perry.

Po­lice found the child but could not re­vive him.

“Un­for­tu­nately the child was not able to be re­sus­ci­tated,” the po­lice spokesman said.

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