Moranbah community rallies around Hemi's family

The Moranabah community is mourning the death of toddler Hemi Les Burke and fundraising in his memory.
The Moranabah community is mourning the death of toddler Hemi Les Burke and fundraising in his memory. Contributed

A FUNDRAISING page set up after a recent tragedy has surpassed its $10,000 target.

Hearts out for Hemi was established following the death of Moranbah toddler Hemi Les Burke late in March.

Late yesterday the tally stood at more than $12,000.

Comments on the fundraising page reflected the community's outpouring of grief and love for Hemi and his family.

"You are in our hearts Burke family during this difficult time. We wish there was much more we could do for you, but we are holding you close in our thoughts," one comment says.

"Love and prayers to the Burke family at this devastating time. May your gorgeous little man Hemi rest in paradise. Thinking of you all and wish I could take some pain away," another says.

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"My thoughts and prayers are with you. To lose someone so young... I was driving home today and thinking about you and your family and a song come on the radio, 'Forever Young'. It brought tears to my eyes. Hemi will always be forever young in your hearts. Angels will be looking down from above," someone else wrote.

"What can I say: little Hemi Burke you and your cheeky smile have entered the lives of so many people in the last few days for all the wrong reasons. You were taken from this world way too soon. Everyone is going to miss you so much. You fly high little man you will never be forgotten," said another comment.

A memorial service for Hemi will be held on Friday and community members are invited to attend.

The service will be at Moranbah Community Centre from 2-3pm. Following that, everyone is invited to join the family from 4pm at the Miners Leagues Club for light refreshments.

In lieu of flowers, people are asked to donate to the memorial fund.

Matthew James Ireland, 29, has been charged with the murder of Hemi Les Burke.

Donations - Hearts out for Hemi, raising money to build a new children's playground in Moranbah.


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