Aboriginal women hold fundraiser for family of Lynette Daley
LOCAL Aboriginal women, with the support of the Northern United Rugby League Football Club, will today hold an event to raise money for the family of Lynette Daley, who died on an Iluka beach in 2011.
This week a 42-year-old man was charged with manslaughter and aggravated sexual assault in relation to her death. A 46-year-old was charged with accessory after the fact to manslaughter and aggravated sexual assault.
Sisters United, a group of Bundjalung women from Lismore and Goonellabah, will today host community garage sale at Clifford Park at Goonellabah, with all proceeds from sold items going to Ms Daley's family.
Local Aboriginal woman and a friend of Ms Daley's family, Wendy King, said she came up with the concept of the event, whereby individuals and families could donate their unwanted or unused household items to sell.
"Ms Daley, also a Bundjalung woman, died on a beach near Iluka in 2011 under horrific circumstances," Ms King said.
"After Lynette's story was aired on television recently ... many indigenous people from across northern NSW and around the nation have rallied to gather to sign petitions and provide financial support to her family, who are caring for her children.
"She was someone's daughter, someone's mother, someone's sister, someone's niece, someone's granddaughter - she was a woman, she mattered."
Local organisations have also donated financially to today's garage sale, and other donations have included sausages for a sausage sizzle.
All are welcome to attend. The sale will operate from 7am until 4pm at Clifford Park in Goonellabah.