Coast raises $3160 in one day to help lay Jay to rest
MORE than $3000 has been raised by the Sunshine Coast for Jay Best's family in just one day.
At 6.15am the GoFundMe page tally had reached $3160 more than double what it was yesterday.
Many of those who donated also left messages of support for his mother Kerry and the rest of his family.
To donate visit: https://www.gofundme.com/2dt7edw
ALMOST $1500 has been raised in 12 hours to allow the family of 21-year-old Caloundra man Jay Best to lay him to rest.
A GoFundMe page was set up by Buderim resident Frances Law who wanted to help his family give him the farewell he deserved.
"For many losing Jay this week has been very hard. For his Mother and Grandparents hard doesn't even begin to describe how they feel," she said.
"To put Jay to rest his family will need to spend around $7000. Then they have other expenses to cover. They are asking for support at this time to be able to put Jay to rest and to help through this terrible time in their lives."
Ms Law said she had met Jay as he was passionately helping with the Greens campaign over the election.
"Jay was a friend, someone I didn't know very well but looked forward to getting to know over the years to come - unfortunately that is not to be.
"Over this 2016 election Jay gave his time, energy and his heart to the Maroochy, Caloundra and Maleny Greens. He door knocked in every area. He volunteered for pre-polling and spent the whole of the day of the election manning a booth. He believed in helping to change our future for the better. If you can help his family lay him to rest I would really appreciate it."
Jay's mother Kerry Best said appreciated all the help during the tough time.
"I am struggling through this dark time," she wrote.
"I thank you all for the support.
"As a family we are going through the darkest time of our lives. I am astounded at the amount of strangers that are now friends that have helped over the last days. I can't personally respond to all the messages as I am struggling to deal with a roller coaster of emotions. I will love you always my son Jay Best.
"RIP my beautiful boy. You now have wings and you can be free. I will love you forever and always."
To donate visit: https://www.gofundme.com/2dt7edw.