HELPING HAND: Bronson Simpson will be helped by the 24-hour bowling event.
HELPING HAND: Bronson Simpson will be helped by the 24-hour bowling event. John Gass

Bronson to be bowled over

FRIENDS and community members gathered around Bronson Simpson, the little boy who tragically lost his mother and sister in a triple murder-suicide in May.

The three-year-old is now being raised by his doting grandparents John and Julie Simpson after the death of his mother Tania Simpson, 31, his five-year-old sister Kyla and his mother's friend Antony Way at the hand of his father Paul Rogers, who committed suicide.

Brothers Doug and David Kirby pledged to bowl for a marathon 24 hours to raise funds for Bronson.

The event for Bronson will take place on Saturday, November 19 at the AMF Bowling Centre at Robina Town Centre, starting at 6am and finishing on Sunday, November 20 at 6am.

"Everybody has been so kind; we never expected anything like this," Mrs Simpson said.

Mr Simpson said: "Doug's little girl was in the same class as Kyla, so I guess he felt like he should do something. They are all very good people.

"Since it happened we have had so much support from so many people."

Bronson's teacher, Narelle Myers at Smarter Kids Kindergarten, has been a tower of strength for the family and organised the event.

"Bronson is very loved at kindy," Ms Myers said.

"I organised a fundraiser for him in July and we raised over $10,000.

"The money is for Bronson, to be saved for him or to help with his education and care in the future if Julie and John ever need it.

"They are very doting grandparents."

Doug Kirby said the tragic incident had impacted his family and he was willing to do anything to help little Bronson.

"My daughter Kiara goes to prep at Robina Primary School and they were paired with buddies. She was paired with Kyla and they became best friends," he said.

"Just a few nights ago she cried because she missed Kyla. Even though they are gone they are never forgotten."

Dave Kirby said every donation would help.

"People can sponsor us for strikes, scores or just make a donation," he said.

To donate or pledge support to this event, visit Bronson Simpson 24hr Tenpin Bowl on Facebook. A pledge form can be found on the page and can be faxed to 07 5593 8950 or emailed to littlebronson@ hotmail.com.


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