Teen's family channels grief into efforts to help community

THE community of Gayndah is hosting a raffle in memory of a 16 year old who took his life on October 27.

Mark Millington's family, including his parents Kellie and David Millington, twin brother and two sisters have channelled their grief into efforts to help the Burnett community.

Burnett Inland Economic Development Organisation spokeswoman Amanda Wenck said the family was showing amazing resilience in hosting fundraisers to benefit the Central Burnett Youth Service, in memory of Mark.

"They're still right in the middle of their grief," Ms Wenck said.

Mark's mother Kellie said her "biggest wish is that no parent or family ever has to suffer what we have".

Ms Wenck said the family and supporters had already raised more than $3000 through a street party fundraiser last month.

"This money will directly pay for many hours worth of counselling time with a highly qualified rural counsellor for North Burnett families, farmers and individuals," she said.

Central Burnett Youth Service co-ordinator and youth councillor Andrew Bryant said the donations were timely and appreciated, with funding for services uncertain in the future.

"It's an integral part of the support services available to teenagers in this area," Mr Bryant said.

The raffle offers a family holiday as first prize.

Tickets are available from Gayndah Bakery or by phoning 4169 7851. The final ticket sales will be at the Gayndah Christmas Carnival on December 13, with winners drawn at 8pm.

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Mark Millington, pictured with his mother Kellie, took his own life.
Mark Millington, pictured with his mother Kellie, took his own life.

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