FAMILY FUN DAY: Jo Bowden and Craig Stokes are work colleagues of Steve Hutchinson and his partner Caroline who died in a recent car crash. They are organising a family fun day to raise money for their four children.
FAMILY FUN DAY: Jo Bowden and Craig Stokes are work colleagues of Steve Hutchinson and his partner Caroline who died in a recent car crash. They are organising a family fun day to raise money for their four children. Mike Knott BUN290716SUPPORT1

Community rallies for children who lost parents in car crash

Fatal crash on Gooburrrum Rd 2016 Bundaberg. Photo: Craig Warhurst/News mail
Fatal crash on Gooburrrum Rd 2016 Bundaberg. Photo: Craig Warhurst/News mail Craig Warhurst

AN UPCOMING family event will rally the community together to celebrate the life of two local parents and show support for the four children they left behind after a crash claimed their lives four weeks ago.

On Saturday, July 2, Steve and Caroline Hutchinson's car rolled as they were travelling down Gooburrum Rd.

The couple, both 37, died in the crash while two of their son's and another passenger were injured.

Friends of the Welcome Creek couple, Jo Bowden and Craig Stokes, have come together to create a fundraising event at Moore Park Beach Tavern to help support the Hutchinson's four children.

"Steve and Caroline were lovely people. I have known Steve for 10 years or more. He was a dedicated father and family man as Caroline was a dedicated mother," Mr Stokes said.

Mr Stokes said Steve, who was a farm supervisor at Hinkler Park Plantation, was a talented farmer who loved his outdoor life.

"That is what they did in their spare time with the kids, fishing and camping. They had simple values," he said.

"The accident has shattered the boys at work. It really hit hard. A lot of us are still having a lot of trouble coping with it."

A family fun day at Moore Park Beach Tavern will be held next weekend to raise funds for the Hutchinson children, aged five, eight, 14 and 17, who are now living with their grandparents.

"We are raising as much money as we can to help the family in the immediate short term and also contribute to a trust fund that has been set up for them," Mr Stokes said.

Ms Bowden said the event would kick off from 2pm on Saturday, August 6, and asked the community to head along to show support.

"There will be live music, raffles and auctions, sausage sizzles and lots of activities for the kids including face painting, mechanical bull riding and more," she said.

"We want this to be a happy day, a day of remembrance and a day to rally together to help this family in any way we can."

Ms Bowden said support so far had been incredible.

"We have had businesses donating huge raffle prizes for the event like holidays, whale watching tours and more," she said.

"The local community have been so giving."



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