Crowd-funding success will bring Sonya home
A SUCCESSFUL crowd-funding campaign that raised more than $21,000 will see the body of five-year-old Byron Bay girl Sonya Davis returned to her home town to be buried.
The youngest of George and Somepong Davis' four children, Sonya was killed on January 18, when she was riding on the family motorbike with her grandmother to the local market in Thailand and they were hit by a car.
Mr Davis' sister Ana Davis created a crowd-funding campaign to help return Sonya's body to Byron Bay to be buried with a target of $15,000, but public generosity has seen 229 donations raise $21,610.
"On behalf of George and Somepong we wish to thank everyone for the overwhelming financial and emotional support so generously given on this website," Ana Davis wrote on the mycause webpage.
"We have surpassed our goal of $15,000 and this will fully cover the expenses involved in bringing our Sonya home, with additional funds to help George and Somepong cover some of their living expenses until they might able to get back to work.
"We cannot adequately express our gratitude for the way people have taken their story into their hearts. We are now just counting the days until we can enfold them back into our family here in Byron.
"In the meantime people can continue to leave a message, and if they wish, a small donation which will contribute to any unforeseen costs that the family may face in dealing with their crisis."
The Davis 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 she would have joined her older brother Justin.
The Davis family plan to bury Sonya at Byron Bay cemetery, where she can be visited regularly.
To donate, visit https://www.mycause.com.au/page/117671/bring-our-sonya-home