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More than $1m has been raised for the survivors and families of victims of the horrific Hunter Valley bus crash, as grieving family members of three Singleton locals prepare to send off their loved ones.
Rotary Australia’s fund has already reached more than $980,000 of it’s $1m goal days after it was set up following the June 11 tragedy.
“Individuals who are adversely affected will be identified and be given funds to help with their recovery,” the Rotary fund’s information page states.
“It is our priority to get funds quickly to those who are in need to help them with their future.”
The figure is in addition to a GoFundMe for the children of victims Andrew and Lynan Scott raising more than $303,000.
Another organised by the Warrandyte Cricket Club – who lost several of its members in the crash – has raised more than $42,000.
NSW Premier Chris Minns has also pledged $100,000 in support to the families of victims and survivors.
10 were killed and another 25 were injured when the bus overturned at the Wine Country Dr roundabout near the Hunter Expressway, off ramp at the town of Greta last month.
The bus was leaving a wedding at Wandin Valley Estate late that night.
The 10 dead include Angus Craig, Zachary Bray, Tori Cowburn, Rebecca Mullen, Nadene and Kyah McBride, Kane Symons, Andrew and Lynan Scott, and Darcy Bulman.
Rotary’s $1m fundraiser states it wishes to provide “benevolent relief” and support to those impacted, including immediate family members of those who died.
“The effects of the Hunter Valley Bus Tragedy will be far-reaching, impacting the survivors, victims and their immediate families for many months, possibly years to come,” the fundraiser states.
“(This is) to ease the burden of those survivors, victims, and their immediate families impacted by the tragedy.”
Ms Cowburn will be farewelled this Friday while Ms McBride and her daughter Kyah will be laid to rest next week.
All three were Singleton locals.
“In lieu of flowers, donations to the NSW Government and Rotary‘s Project ’Hunter Valley (NSW) Bus Tragedy Fund’ are welcomed to assist in providing benevolent relief and support to survivors, victims, and their immediate families,” a Facebook post discussing both services states.