School ser­vice trib­ute

Hills Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Lau­ren Pi­lat

GI­ANT cards and blue bal­loons will be given to Bella Petersen’s fam­ily to­day by friends and class­mates dur­ing a me­mo­rial ser­vice at Ellenbrook Se­condary Col­lege.

The pri­vate me­mo­rial to re­mem­ber the 15-year-old, her mother Michelle and brother Rua will now be held at the col­lege gym­na­sium af­ter friends of the teenager gained sup­port from the col­lege to hold the trib­ute.

“Now that we have the sup­port of our school, plans have changed slightly,” a post on Face­book read.

Orig­i­nally a bal­loon re­lease was planned dur­ing the me­mo­rial but has since been can­celled af­ter com­ments on so­cial me­dia about the im­pact they have on an­i­mals and the en­vi­ron­ment.

Mourn­ers have been en­cour­aged to bring white and blue bal­loons that will in­stead be given to her fam­ily to rep­re­sent the love and sup­port for them within the com­mu­nity.

“We still en­cour­age ev­ery­one to bring a baby/ light blue or white bal­loon as blue was Bella’s favourite colour,” the Face­book post read.

“We will also be hav­ing gi­ant cards for any­one who would like to write some­thing about what they love or miss about Bella or even a mem­ory shared.”

Friends of Bella thanked the com­mu­nity.

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