Rallying behind grieving family
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.
A Wangara eatery and Middle Swan fish and chip shop will be donating all money raised from the purchase of selected meals after 4.30pm today, July 19, 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.
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.
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.
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.