Fundrais­ing has a way to go

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

THE griev­ing fam­ily of a Dain­tree man who died af­ter his ute sank in a creek want to bring his body back to Western Aus­tralia.

Ap­pren­tice chef Ricky McCloy, 37, has been re­mem­bered as an “amaz­ing young man” by his Far North col­leagues.

His mother’s sis­ter-in-law Re­becca McCloy started a GoFundMe page last week to raise money to help the “full of life” man be with his fam­ily.

“We need to bring him home,” she said.

“Now his beau­ti­ful mother Robyn is a very proud woman and doesn’t like to ac­cept help, but as this fi­nal jour­ney for Ricky is go­ing to be an ex­pen­sive one, her sav­ings will only be stretched so far. How­ever, I know that she will be ever so grate­ful and she will be touched by this ges­ture ... so he can be farewelled here at home in Perth, to be laid to rest with his Dad and his Grand­mother.”

Nearly $6,500 has been raised since the page was launched. The tar­get is $10,000.

Po­lice are try­ing to piece to­gether the mo­ments be­fore Mr McCoy crashed into Lit­tle Creek, along Cape Tribu­la­tion Rd at Di­wan, last week.

Mr McCloy, who worked at Her­itage Lodge & Spa on Tur- pen­tine Rd, is be­lieved to have crashed some­time be­tween 10pm on Tues­day and 2.40pm on Wed­nes­day.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic pulled him from the ute be­fore po­lice ar­rived on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon.

A staff mem­ber, who did not want to be named, said Mr McCloy was the “nicest young man that any­one would ever meet”.

“He just brought sun­shine into so many peo­ple’s lives,” she said.

Cairns po­lice Foren­sic Crash Unit Sen-Con­sta­ble Leisa Vagg said they be­lieved Mr McCloy left work about 10pm and may have trav­elled to a friend’s place be­fore the crash.

It is un­der­stood Mr McCloy had been liv­ing in the Dain­tree area with his aunt and cousin for the pre­vi­ous three years af­ter mov­ing there from Perth.

Po­lice can­not say ex­actly what time the crash oc­curred.

The yel­low ute which crashed into the creek. In­set: Ricky McCloy

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