ANDY Spring saw Jamie Ellem with his partner Loretta Davies and her two daughters just two weeks before the tragic car accident which killed all the family but seven-year-old Skye Davies.
With Skye as the sole survivor of the crash that claimed the life of Jamie, Loretta and her five-year-old sister, Lilu, Mr Spring and the Gemfields community have come together to help the little girl.
Mr Spring said a lot of people didn't know the family, but he had seen them around the Gemfields since the girls were very young.
"When I first met Jamie and Loretta they treated me with a lot of respect and all I could do was treat them with respect as well," he said.
"The two girls were always looked after. They were absolutely good people.
"It's a shame to see an unfortunate accident like that happen."
He has helped organise The Skye Davies Appeal to raise funds to assist Skye who is believed to be in Sydney with her father.
"The fundraiser is virtually a way to say goodbye to Lilu, Loretta and Jamie, but also assisting Skye for the future - that's what we have got to look at now," he said.
"Between the Gemfields emergency services and the RSL, we have got it all going. We are going to have all the emergency services and their vehicles on display, as well as entertainment and a lot of locals performing.
"The money raised from the day will be going into a trust fund for Skye, and she will not be able to access it until she turns 18."
The Skye Davies Appeal will be held on Saturday, November 17 at the Sapphire RSL. Contact Andy at Gemfields_qld@hotmail.com.
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