Young dad Codey Burnett will be missed by many in the community.
Young dad Codey Burnett will be missed by many in the community.

Boss rallying to raise $10k for Codey's family

CODEY Burnett was the kind of guy who would give up his lunch break to help his workmates.

When Bundaberg people gathered to the festive tunes of Mexican music and free burritos on the Guzman y Gomez opening day back in May 2015, Codey was right there helping to make the day a success.

The positive nature the young dad brought to his job is one of the reasons he will always be remembered by his boss Warick Jones.

"Codey worked for us in Bundy," he said.

"He was part of our family there - part of our opening team."

Mr Jones remembers a young man only too willing too help when it was needed.

"Codey always had our back," he said.

"A lot of times he'd come in and help us out.

BUSY DAY: Bundaberg residents queued for their free Burrito at Guzman Y Gomez. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
BUSY DAY: Bundaberg residents queued for their free Burrito at Guzman Y Gomez. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

"He'd be standing in line for lunch and if someone needed a hand he'd put on a GyG shirt and help out."

Mr Jones would like to see the community pull together to donate $10,000 so that Codey's family can be freed from the financial burden of his burial in what would be a harrowing time for any family.

"It's not a big goal to achieve," he said.

"$10,000 isn't a lot, but it is for Codey's family."

Guzman y Gomez Owners Shar and Warwick Jones. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Guzman y Gomez Owners Shar and Warwick Jones. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

Mr Jones said news that Codey had taken his own life had been especially heartbreaking for the Guman y Gomez team because of the friendships that had formed.

"He was friends with quite a few of our team members," he said.

"It's just so sad."

Mr Jones said he and his wife had donated to Codey's family, along with several other staff members.

"I know my team's trying to do whatever they can," he said.

"We need leaders and other business people in the region to do what they can.

"We need to put him to rest - every little bit helps."

Codey's family has set up a Go Fund Me page to raise $5000 for the costs involved in getting him back to his hometown of Tara, and helping with the burial.

His dad, Boz Burnett, said Codey had always made him smile and Mr Jones agreed his personality was especially warm.

"Every time he turned up he was always upbeat," he said.

"He'd turn up early and leave late. He was a bloody good worker.

"He was definitely a good kid.

"He's going to be missed that's for sure."

To donate, go to http://www.gofundme.com/codeyburnett.

If you or someone you know needs someone to talk to, confidential help is available any time on these numbers.

Lifeline: 13 11 14

http://www.lifeline.org.au

Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467

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