Trust fund set up for Bates family
GOOBURRUM State School principal Halli Cantrell knows nothing can take away the pain Trinity Bates’s family is experiencing.
But she is urging the the community to get behind a trust fund to help them financially as they grieve.
“I’d encourage people to dig into their hearts and find something, somewhere for these people,” she said.
“We just want to make things as easy as possible for Trinity’s family at this time.”
The trust fund has been created to assist the Bates family with funeral and other living expenses. The youngster’s parents are still unable to return home and her father has not returned to work.
Trinity, affectionately known as “Trini” to her family and many of her Gooburrum school friends, was found dead in a stormwater drain about 50 metres from her Walker Street home on February 22.
Police swarmed the area after her body was found, collecting forensic evidence and witness statements, before charging Allyn John Slater with the alleged murder.
Slater appeared in Bundaberg Magistrates Court last Wednesday before being taken to a Brisbane correctional centre.
A flood of emotion followed the eight-year-old’s death, with thousands of people joining tribute pages and taking part in a candlelight vigil.
Ms Cantrell said she was approached by ANZ district branch manager Steven Straub to set up an account with the school after many community members continued to ask bank staff how they could send money to the family.
“The account has been opened in trust with the school,” she said.
“If this can help, it goes without saying it should just happen.”
The principal said the school was “coping” with the loss.
“The children have continued to show how brave they are,” Ms Cantrell said.
“They’ve been so kind to each other in the last two weeks.”
A guidance officer has been posted at the school to help children and staff talk and grieve.
Year 4 student Kira Lloyd-Jones, who was in the same class as the victim, said she missed having running races with Trinity.
“I’m sad and bored because she was the only other girl in Grade 4,” Kira said.
“We were in the same reading group as well.”
How to help
Donations to the Trinity Bates Family trust fund can be made at any Australian ANZ branch
Account name: Trinity Bates Family
BSB: 014515, account: 369395735