Celebration of Patiya's life

Community throws its support behind Kristy Thomson Appeal

CHILDREN at the Good Start Early Learning Centre will celebrate the life of little Patiya May. 

The centre will host a fundraiser today, with the entire community welcome to attend. 

Centre director Emily Gerber said all money raised would go directly to Patiya's mum Kristy Thomson and her family. 

"After we learnt what happened, we felt really helpless," she said. 

"We have had all of the kids asking us questions, wanting to know what happened.

"This will give the children a chance to remember their friend Patiya.

"It is not a memorial day but more a celebration of her life.

"The kids need to be included." 

It is not a memorial day but more a celebration of her life. - Emily Gerber

Ms Gerber said the celebration would include a jumping castle, face painting, pony rides, dress ups, plaster painting, colouring in - all the things Patiya loved. 

She said the event would run from 10am to 1pm, and would include a sausage sizzle and silent auction.

"Everyone is invited to come along - it's open the whole community," she said. 

"We are hoping to have a really good day."

Bendigo Spirit will also band together to support the Kristy Thomson Appeal today. 

The team will donate $5 from the sale of every Spirit cushion to the appeal. 

The game kicks off about 3pm. 

Staff at Coles in McIvor Road are hosting a sausage sizzle on Sunday from 9.30pm to support the Kristy Thomson Appeal. 

Organiser Karen Latch said all money raised would go to support Kristy and her family. 

"We wanted to help," she said. 

"It's a service to the community."

Ms Latch said everyone was welcome to come along and support the cause.  

Kristy Thomson Appeal fundraising committee chairman Michael McKern praised the community's effort. 

"It is great to see the community getting behind the fundraiser," he said. 

The Golden Vine Hotel will host a 12-band rock concert on February 2, with all proceeds going to the appeal. 

There will be a bike ride and family day at the Allies Hotel on February 16 to support the appeal. 

Patiya May died when a tree fell in Rosalind Park on December 30.

Her mother Kristy Thomson suffered serious spinal injuries and is unlikely to walk again.

If you have a Kristy Thomson fundraising event please email Emma McKern on emma@mckern.net.au and for all other inquiries contact Mr McKern on michael@mckern.net.au

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