Mia's school friends start appeal for heartbroken family

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DANIEL Quinnell said his family was coping as well as they could with the loss of his daughter Mia as the Toowoomba community extended its support.

The six-year-old died from her injuries when a kangaroo smashed through the windscreen of the family's car at Zimm's Corner early on Sunday morning.

They were driving home to Kingsthorpe from a Halloween party in Toowoomba.

Mr Quinnell, Mia's mother Kylie Bauer and Mia's older sister Nikita, 8, escaped the crash with minor injuries.

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The P&C Association at Fairview Heights State School, where Mia was in year one, has started an appeal to help cover funeral costs.

Mr Quinnell said the community support had been valued.

"Everyone's been good," he said.

"(We're coping) as good as we could be. It's not really hit (Nikita) yet."

The couple made the decision to donate Mia's organs after she died in Toowoomba Hospital on Sunday afternoon. Mr Quinnell said the knowledge that the donation could save other children's lives had been comforting.

Her liver and kidneys were sent to children in Brisbane hospitals.

Mia has been described as a cheeky, loveable girl who loved animals and who was extremely close to her older sister.

Fairview Heights principal Julie Raitelli reassured parents in a letter that support was being offered to Mia's year one classmates, as well as students in Nikita's year two class.

How to donate

  • Fairview Heights P&C association is conducting an appeal for the family of Mia Quinnell.
  • Cash donations can be placed in a sealed envelope marked 'Quinnell Appeal' and placed in the P&C box in the Fairview Heights State School office, which will be banked each evening.
  •  Donations can also be dropped at Fernwood Fitness at the Bernoth Centre.
  • The donations will be given to the family on Friday.


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