Ral­ly­ing be­hind griev­ing fam­ily


Hills Gazette (Kalamunda) - - FRONT PAGE - Lau­ren Pi­lat

THE Perth com­mu­nity and lo­cal busi­nesses are ral­ly­ing to­gether to sup­port the fam­ily of mur­dered Ellenbrook mother Michelle Petersen and her chil­dren Bella and Rua.

Ellenbrook Rab­bitohs will play their home games at Har­ber­ton Park­way in hon­our of the Petersen fam­ily.

The club ac­cepted do­na­tions dur­ing train­ing and will run a sausage siz­zle dur­ing the Satur­day and Sun­day games, with all money passed on to the re­main­ing fam­ily mem­bers.

Fol­low­ing the mur­ders on Sun­day, the club posted the Na­tional Rugby League’s men­tal health aware­ness cam­paign, State Of Mind, on Face­book.

“It is a sad day in Ellenbrook with the pass­ing of three peo­ple in our com­mu­nity,” the post read.

“If you think you need help with any of life’s chal­lenges please ask – we are here!”

Fam­ily friend Toni Ata has also set up a GoFundMe page to fur­ther sup­port the fam­ily fi­nan­cially, with more than the $20,000 goal raised within the first two days.

Friends of Bella, an Ellenbrook Se­condary Col­lege stu­dent, will also pay trib­ute to the 15-year-old this week­end with their lo­cal rugby club hold­ing a fundraiser.

A Wan­gara eatery and Mid­dle Swan fish and chip shop do­nated all money raised from the pur­chase of se­lected meals af­ter 4.30pm yes­ter­day to the re­main­ing Petersen fam­ily mem­bers by recog­nis­ing their Maori her­itage.

My Is­land Kitchen Wan­neroo Mar­kets and Swan­nies Fish and Chips came to­gether on Face­book to “tau­toko our Ellenbrook whanau”, mean­ing to sup­port the ex­tended fam­ily and com­mu­nity.

Bella’s brother Tean­cum Ver­non Petersen-Crofts (19) ap­peared in Mid­land court this week and was re­manded to the Fran­k­land Cen­tre unit at Gray­lands Hospi­tal.

He is due to ap­pear in Stirling Gar­dens Mag­is­trates Court on July 23.

Michelle Petersen (cen­tre) and her eight-year-old son Rua (left) were found dead and her teenage daugh­ter Bella died on her way to hospi­tal last Sun­day.

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