Murder unites victims? families



CLIVE Griffin's world was shattered in 2001 when his grandchildren Russell, 13, and Kimberley, 9, were brutally murdered.

The children were led away to a remote part of Mt Archer National Park by Joseph Garrett Button and killed.

Button was sentenced to life imprisonment last year.

Now Mr Griffin is using his experiences to help others.

In 2004 the Emerald resident started the Mongrel Club to raise money for the families of homicide victims.

He said following the children's murder, he struggled to keep his head above water financially with funeral costs coming on top of regular bills.

"Until you walk down that line you don't know what it's like,'' he said.

"When it happens you go gaga and you don't know which way is up and which way is down and all of a sudden there are all these bills.''

Mr Griffin said he decided to start the club after he discovered the financial assistance offered to families of homicide victims by the State Government was not enough.

He said while other states offer $50,000 in financial assistance, Queensland gives $4000.

Since its inception the Mongrel Club has signed up more than 200 members in Emerald and raised thousands of dollars.

Now Mr Griffin wants to expand the club base by attracting members from across CQ.

"From a little town like Emerald we've helped out quite a lot of families....if we can expand and get other branches going we can help more people.''

To join the Mongrel Club or make a donation, write to PO Box 2561, Emerald, 4720.



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