Footy world rallies together for ‘vibrant and loveable’ teenage star who died aged 16
- The footy community has donated over $27,000 to Samara Whitney’s family
- The 16-year-old footy star tragically died earlier this week
- If you need support, contact Lifeline 13 11 14, or Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636
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A fundraiser created following the tragic death of Samara Whitney has passed $27,000 as the footy world came together to support the 16-year-old’s family.
Footy is in mourning after Whitney, a member of the Wynyard Football Club and Tasmania Devils program, died on Tuesday.
‘It is with great sadness and heartache, we acknowledge the sudden passing of Samara Whitney,’ Wynyard FC said on social media.
‘Samara has been a part of the WFC family since juniors and played an integral role in our Senior Women’s Premiership side this year.
‘A vibrant & loveable young lady who has made her mark at the WFC as a passionate and talented player, who had a big future ahead of her.
A fundraiser following the death of Samara Whitney has raised over $27,000
‘Our young gun, our pocket rocket, our number 2 … such a positive influence for all. Someone who had a great connection with both our club and the wider community. This will last forever.
‘A true star who shone bright both inside and out.
‘We thank you for allowing us to be a part of your journey and for bringing so much light (and) joy into so many lives.’
A GoFundMe page has been created in an effort to ‘give Samara the beautiful send off she deserves’, with donations totaling over $27,000 in an astonishing effort from the footy community.
The fundraiser description reads: ‘Tuesday September 5, 2023 is a day that all of us will never forget.
‘It was the day we learnt the tragic news that Samara Whitney #2 was no longer with us.
‘Time has since stood still for her family, friends, school community and sporting clubs as we all begin to grieve and navigate life without our special girl.
‘With the permission of Samaras parents Kym and Seton, we have set up this page to assist with giving their daughter a beautiful farewell that she deserves.
‘The Whitney & Smitheram families are very loved in our little community and if you are wishing to donate please click on the donate button and please feel free to leave a message to Samara or her family.
‘Much love to you all ❤️’
Whitney tragically died this week aged 16, sending the footy world into mourning
AFL Tasmania paid tribute to Whitney on Wednesday evening, releasing the following statement: ‘AFL Tasmania extends its deepest sympathies to the Wynyard Football Club, North West Football League and Tasmania Devils communities following the sudden passing of Samara Whitney.
‘Samara was a beloved member of the Wynyard Cats and the Tasmania Devils program, having also represented the NWFL in this year’s Women’s All Stars Series.
‘Our thoughts are with Samara’s friends, family and members of the Tassie footy community.’
The Wynyard Football Club is opening its doors on September 8 for the public to pay their respects to Samara.
Her school will also provide counselling and support services to help students, staff and their families cope with her tragic loss.
Funds are being raised to ‘give Samara the beautiful send off she deserves’
If you need support, contact Lifeline 13 11 14, or Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636