A community fund-raiser will support the Kennedy family following the tragic loss of much loved son and brother Trent Kennedy.
The GoFundMe has already raised more than $20,000, with tributes pouring in from the Gembrook community and surrounds.
“Wholehearted condolences from our family. We were only part of the Emerald community for a couple of years, but it was an important part of our lives and we’re so sorry for your pain and loss,” one donor wrote.
Another said: “Thank you Trent for always putting a smile on people’s faces and all the good laughs and memories we have together.”
The GoFundMe’s organisers said they set up the fund-raiser to ease the financial burden following Trent’s passing.
“Most would be aware of the tragedy the Kennedy family has been through with the loss of much loved son/brother Trent,” they wrote.
“No family can ever or should have to plan for losing someone so young so this has been set up to assist the family with Trent’s memorial service.
“Any donation large or small would be greatly appreciated.”
The community has held many moving tributes for the Gembrook teen, including at the Division 1 Outer Eastern Football League match between Emerald and Belgrave on Saturday 17 August.
Trent played for the Emerald Football Netball Club and had close links with many of the players.
After the match, every Magpie and Bomber stood arm-in-arm with someone from the opposition to form a ring around the Worrell Reserve centre circle.
To donate to the GoFundMe, visit bit.ly/31Rotfp.
Call Lifeline on 131 114 or beyondblue on 1300 224 63 for support.