Fly a balloon to honour Jai Morcom
A YEAR 7 Mullumbimby High student's dream for Australians to tie colourful balloons to their letterboxes as a message of peace in the wake of schoolmate Jai Morcom's death is becoming a reality.
Support for 13-year-old Danyon Saxe-Wilson's idea has been flowing in from around the region, the state, and even the country.
Danyon's mum, Melinda, said people from Tasmania and Victoria had called the school today to say they had put balloons at their gates and she had received similar messages on social networking website Facebook from friends and family across the nation.
Danyon, who knows Jai's family, was speechless at the response yesterday.
“Happy, great, awesome,” he said.
Lismore MP Thomas George and Ballina MP Don Page both supported the initiative and plan to raise it in parliament today.
“Yes I would support this initiative,” Mr Page said. “There is no place for violence in our schools. It is a strong message to send for peace.”
Richmond MP and Federal Minister for Ageing Justine Elliot said she had spoken to her family and they all agreed to put balloons on their letterbox.
Byron Shire Mayor Jan Barham spoke for the first time yesterday about 15-year-old Jai's tragic death.
“On behalf of Council and the community I offer sincere condolences to Jai's family and friends and to the staff, students and parents at Mullumbimby High School,” she said.
“The sad loss of Jai has touched the whole community and puts an emphasis on the need to have a safe community and to ensure that young people are supported.
“It's a time to listen to our youth and help assist with positive outcomes.
“It's not a time for blame.”
Ms Barham said ribbons would be better than balloons on environmental grounds and Danyon's mother, Melinda, said people should be careful to dispose of the balloons properly.