Astonishing generosity

The family of the wee girl who was attacked in Turangi by a young thug has made an astonishing gesture of goodwill:

The European family of a 5-year-old girl raped in a Turangi campground plan to return to New Zealand – and have left a generous gesture to the community that rallied around them after the December attack.

The assault on the young girl as she was sleeping in a caravan at Club Habitat on December 21 provoked an outpouring of national shame and left her family inundated with gifts, offers of support and more than $62,000 in donations.

A 16-year-old Turangi youth has admitted raping the girl and will be sentenced in Rotorua District Court later this month.

This afternoon, the girl’s family announced they had donated $20,000 to go toward buying equipment for a new childrens’ playground in Turangi, paediatric surgical instruments and items for the Waikids Ward 26 at Waikato Hospital and support for ECPAT Child Alert NZ Ltd and Victim Support Hamilton.

“We were amazed at New Zealanders’ generosity. We in no way blame the Turangi community for what happened and so we wanted to give something tangible back,” the girls’ parents said in a statement released on their behalf by Waikato District Health Board.

“We understand they are fundraising for a new children’s playground and so we want $5000 spent on a piece of equipment that young people in Turangi can enjoy.”

The parents say it is now difficult to assess the incident’s future impact on their daughter’s life.

 Amazing forgiveness, and in stark contrast to the actions of the animal that attacked their daughter.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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