East Geelong family grieving double loss request privacy

MEDIA RELEASE

Following last Thursday’s tragic house fire in East Geelong which lead to the deaths of two young girls, the family are requesting privacy to grieve and to make funeral arrangements.

The family had come to Australia as refugees from Afghanistan and are well-liked and active in the community. Throughout their settlement in Geelong they have received support from local refugee and migrant organisation, Diversitat. At this difficult time, Diversitat continues to be available to the family and the community.

Diversitat CEO, Michael Martinez said; “Several of our staff have worked extensively with the family since their arrival in Geelong. We are all shocked and saddened by this tragic loss.”

Michael Martinez also thanks the Geelong community for their caring thoughts saying; “Although we have received several enquiries from individuals wishing to help the family, we are at this time respecting their request for privacy. The kindness of the Geelong community is up-lifting and heart-warming.”

At this time the family is not seeking fundraising support or donations.

For information on or to support Diversitat refugee and migrant programs please visit:  www.diversitat.org.au

For comment and photo: Michael Martinez 03 5221 6044