Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas cheer

Some good has come from the dreadful assault of a young girl at a Turangi motor camp; Stuff reports:

New Zealanders are being asked to stop donating gifts for the 5-year-old girl who was brutally violated in Turangi.

The parents of the tourist girl, believed to from Belgium, have been inundated with Christmas gifts and messages of support as their daughter recovers in Waikato Hospital.

The girl was asleep with her three-year-old brother in a caravan at Club Habitat holiday park when she was attacked between 10.10pm and 10.40pm on Wednesday.

She needed four hours of surgery after receiving "heart-wrenching" injuries to her face and body in the sexually-motivated attack, Detective Inspector Mark Loper said.

Hundreds of people dropped off presents at the hospital yesterday and thousands more emailed or phoned with messages of support.

Police today said family were incredibly appreciative of the generosity, but there was no capacity to take any more presents.

The family would only be able to take so much back to Europe and the surplus would help put smiles on the faces of a lot of sick children at the hospital.

Police said the family were reading all of the cards and messages being sent through the Waikato DHB email and they have been a huge support.

"We are very touched by the reactions of New Zealanders," the parents said in a statement.

"Physically she is doing better and better. She started playing and drawing in her bed.

"This will still be a long journey for us and it will be made that much easier by the loving care and messages we've received from throughout New Zealand."

Police said Kiwis still wanting to help could donate to the Trust fund, which has been set up with two independent trustees.

We can now only hope that the Police find the assailant. This was an abhorrent crime.

In the meantime our thoughts, prayers and aroha are with her and her family as they collectively recover from an horrific ordeal. At least they are now seeing the decency of New Zealanders, and we hope that they understand that Kiwis are shocked and disgusted as well.

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