Fundraiser for family swept into swollen Tweed River

A special fund raising movie day will be held to support the dad and daughter of a family who drowned when their van was swept off a road at Tumbulgum and into the Tweed River earlier this month.

Stephanie King, daughter Ella-Jane and son Jacob all died in the accident.  It is believed Stephanie was desperately trying to save her children when she passed away.

Stephanie’s other daughter Chloe-May survived and is with dad Matthew Kabealo.


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The local community was devastated by the tragedy and has banded together to assist the dad and daughter.

Police from Tweed and Byron Bay are hosting the fundraiser, which will also raising funds for the Mayor’s flood relief fund.

Inspector Brendon Cullen from Tweed/Byron Local Area Command has urged the community to get behind the fundraising effort.

“Let’s come together as a community and do all we can to help this family who have suffered a devastating loss,” Inspector Cullen said.

The special screening of the family movie Boss Baby will be held at the Hoyts cinemas at Tweed City on Sunday, 23rd April at 9.30am.

The movie tickets can only be purchased here.

Tickets are $24.00 plus $1.50 booking fee ($25.50).

At the end of the movie they will be holding an auction for items donated by the local community, local businesses, NRL football clubs, AFL clubs and more.

They currently have the following items for auction:
-Signed Brisbane Lions AFL team jersey
-Signed Brisbane Lions official Sherrin football
-Signed Gold Coast Suns AFL team jersey
-Signed Brisbane Broncos NRL team jersey
-Signed Gold Coast Titans NRL team jersey
-Signed Canberra Raiders NRL team jersey
-Five Tweed City Shopping centre gift vouchers
-Restaurant vouchers from Twin Town, Seagulls leagues, Tweed Bowls Club
-Tweed Heads HOYTS family movie pass
-Two family passes from Donna & Kurt Tutt from Go Sea Kayak Byron Bay

A donation fund has also been established, and direct donations can be made to the following account:

Police Bank
Tweed Byron Social Club – Kabealo Family Fund raiser
BSB 815 000
Ac 100406653

Michelle has worked as a broadcast journalist since 1999 and 102.9 Hot Tomato is her 4th radio station. Major stories she's covered over the years include the Childers Backpacker Hotel fire and the fatal shooting of Police Officer Damien Leeding on the Gold Coast. Michelle has been writing for myGC.com.au since its inception. "I really enjoy lifestyle type stories that show the world just how interesting we all are." Outside of work, Michelle volunteers her time with many local causes including Volunteering Gold Coast, the Schoolies Support Team and Rosies Street Outreach.

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