GALLERY | Toyah Cordingley remembered with hundreds-strong parade
A travelcade to raise money for the printing of “TOYAH” bumper stickers saw hundreds of people take to the road from Ellis Beach to Port Douglas yesterday.
At least 260 motorbikes and 130 cars travelled up the Captain Cook Highway and back to remember Toyah Cordingley and raise money for more stickers.
Event organiser, Wayne “Prong” Trimble said the level of support from the community floored him.
“It was awesome,” he said.
“I knew people up here support the cause anyway but I honestly wasn’t expecting that many; it was something that took be aback a bit.”
Mr Trimble said he had a particular honour on the day that he wasn’t expecting.
“I got to Ellis Beach a bit early and Toyah’s mum Vanessa her partner Snake were there and they handed me a leather bag with a shoulder strap,” he said.
“They said they wanted me to take it with me and told me Toyah’s ashes were in there.
“I strapped that around my shoulder and had her there until Vanessa and Snake left late in the afternoon.”
Mr Trimble said he has never felt so honoured in his life as he was when he was entrusted with the ashes of Toyah Cordingley.
“It was one of the highest privileges of my life; I have never done anything like that before,” he said.
“She was riding with me on my lap all day and when we went past Wangetti beach, I held those ashes up as high as I could and did the same of the way back.
“I know Snake and Vanessa understood what I was doing; it was very emotional.”
The five-kilometre long trail of cars and bikes were accompanied by police and received well by the community along every point of the journey.
More than $4500 was raised on the day, which means a further 9000 stickers will be printed to continue community awareness.
Mr Trimble said everyone had an amazing, emotionally charged day and all efforts were recognised by Ms Cordingley’s family.
“Even her family said they can’t believe the community is still hanging in there and they don’t have words to express their gratitude for all the help they have received” he said.
“Vanessa said she can’t remember everyone’s names or what they said on the day but she knows there was not a bad word out there.
“They were completely overwhelmed by the love of the community.”
As the investigation into the death of 24-year-old Toyah Cordingley continues, anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.
If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.
You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.
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