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Timaru tragedy: Fundraiser started by SA citizens in New Zealand raises nearly R300k for Dickason family

A group of South African citizens living in Timaru, Canterbury, in New Zealand, where the three Dickason sisters – twins Maya and Karla and their older sister Liane – were allegedly killed by their mother on 16 September, have started a fundraiser to help the bereaved family.

SOUTH AFRICANS START CROWD FUND FOR DICKASON FAMILY

As of Tuesday, 28 September, 604 generous donors contributed a total of NZ$28 281 (R297 200,22) to the Give a Little crowdfund that was started for the Dickason family five days ago.

“In supporting the Dickason Family mainly towards funeral expenses, travel and accommodation costs for family members,” reads the page that was started by South Africans living in Timaru.

“In expressed love and sympathy from the community towards Graham Dickason, the father of the three girls. In loving memory of twin sisters Maya and Karla, aged 2 and Liane, aged 6 who died in Timaru, New Zealand on 16 September 2021.”

According to the crowdfunding page, the funds raised would be used for the funeral expenses of the three girls, travel and accommodation costs for the family and general support. A member of Graham’s family has already travelled to New Zealand, according to the NZ Herald.

The murder-accused, Lauren Dickason, aged 40, was remanded to Hillmorton Hospital in Christchurch for a mental psychiatric assessment when she appeared before the Timaru District Court on 18 September.

Lauren’s next court appearance will likely be via an audio-visual link, according to local media reports. She is expected before the Timaru High Court on 5 October.  

Graham said he had already forgiven his wife at a vigil held outside the Timaru house where the girls were killed. “I honestly believe she is a victim in this as well,” he said. “In this time of terrible tragedy and adversity, I can only ask for prayer … for strength and for healing.”

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