A FUND-RAISING cruise has raised more than $5000 for the family of a Bendigo teenager who was killed in a horror crash.
The life of Kirra Rose Sim, 19, was celebrated on Sunday when hundreds of cars revved up for a cruise from Cranbourne to Bendigo.
Kirra died in September when her car collided with a truck on Hermitage Road, Marong.
Money raised from Cruise for Kirra Sim will be donated to Kirra’s family to go towards the cost of her funeral.
Kirra’s friend Jackie Viney said the event was fantastic, and thanked the community for its support.
“It was really, really good,” she said.
“Kirra would have been so happy.”
Ms Viney said a final tally had not been released but last she heard just above $5000 had been raised by the event.
In an obituary published by the Bendigo Advertiser, Kirra’s family remembered her as a bright, bubbly and caring girl with a passion for cars.
On Sunday Kirra’s friends and family wore purple shirts sporting Kirra’s car number plate – TTEEZN.
Cruise participants strolled around checking out each others rigs before releasing purple, orange and silver balloons in Kirra’s memory.
Cruise organisers walked around the stadium carpark selling showbags and tin-rattling.
Ms Viney said there were a couple of hiccups on the road but it ran as smoothly as possible.
“One car broke down halfway home and had to be collected on a trailer,” she said.
“And then there was a little bingle just as we got into Kangaroo Flat.
“It wasn’t bad considering the number of people that participated.
“There would have been about 600 cars and every car had at least two or three people in it.
“It was fantastic.”