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Crowdfunding campaign to bring Sonya home

A Byron Bay family is trying to raise money to bring home the body of their five-year-old girl, Sonya Davis, who died in a motorcycle crash in Thailand.
A Byron Bay family is trying to raise money to bring home the body of their five-year-old girl, Sonya Davis, who died in a motorcycle crash in Thailand.

PUBLIC generosity is helping a Byron Bay family come to terms with the death of their five-year-old daughter, Sonya Davis, who was killed in a motorbike crash while on holiday in Thailand last week.

A crowdfunding initiative started by the family of the devastated parents is looking to raise $15,000 to help them get their daughter's body home, and to give them time off work to grieve, Sonya's aunt Ana Davis said.

With more than $12,000 raised so far, Sonya's parents George and Somepong Davis have already covered costs, Ana Davis said.

"The parents really appreciate the generosity and support," she said.

"They also wanted everyone to know what a beautiful girl Sonya was."

The family is due to fly back to Australia this weekend. A funeral is planned for late next week.

Sonya was due to start school at Byron Bay Public School this week, where should would have joined her older brother Justin.

"She had already done her initiation," Ms Davis said.

"Part of the tragedy is that Justin was so close to his sister."

Sonya and her Thai grandmother died after the motorbike they were travelling on was hit by a car. They were on the way to the local village market on the morning of the day the family was due to fly back to Australia.

The family's Bring Our Sonya Home campaign here explained her parents "desperately want to bring their little daughter's body back to Australia where she was born and to bury her in Byron Bay Cemetery where they can visit her regularly".

Sonya's extended family includes another aunt Miranda Burne, uncle Ray Moynihan, grandmother Christine Willmot and the McCandless family.

"As a very close, extended family we are all completely shocked and grief-stricken," Ms Davis said.

Topics:  crowdfunding, thailand




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