Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Let's Fly a Balloon to Honour Jai; Teen's Idea for Memorial Takes Flight Nationwide

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Let's Fly a Balloon to Honour Jai; Teen's Idea for Memorial Takes Flight Nationwide

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Byline: Saffron Howden saffron.howden@northernstar.com.au

A YEAR 7 Mullumbimby High student's dream for Australians to tie colourful balloons to their letterboxes as a message of peace in the wake of schoolmate Jai Morcom's death is becoming a reality.

Support for 13-year-old Danyon Saxe-Wilson's idea has been flowing in from around the region, the state, and even the country.

Danyon's mum, Melinda, said people from Tasmania and Victoria had called the school today to say they had put balloons at their gates and she had received similar messages on social networking website Facebook from friends and family across the nation.

Danyon, who knows Jai's family, was speechless at the response yesterday.

"Happy, great, awesome," he said.

Lismore MP Thomas George and Ballina MP Don Page both supported the initiative and plan to raise it in parliament today.

"Yes I would support this initiative," Mr Page said. "There is no place for violence in our schools. …

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