- Shellharbour crash victim Casey-lee Hull 'like family'
- Albion Park teen Casey-lee Hull dies after Shellharbour crash
A massive blood drive is being planned in honour of teenage Albion Park crash victim Casey-lee Hull.
Casey-lee, 17, had planned to donate blood for the first time but tragically, died when her car crashed into a tree at Shellharbour on the night of July 17.
Since then, Casey-lee’s family and friends have rallied together and organised buses to travel from Albion Park McDonald’s, where Casey-lee worked, to Wollongong Hospital starting on Tuesday and continuing until August 6.
Blood drive organiser and family friend Heather Pretty said Casey-lee had wanted to ‘‘follow in her brother’s footsteps’’ and donate blood.
‘‘It started as something funny,’’ Ms Pretty said. ‘‘He [her brother] received a blood donation card and she wanted one as well so she decided she wanted to give blood.
‘‘I think Casey was well aware of the importance of giving blood and I think she would be really excited about [the drive].’’
Following the crash, Casey-lee’s mother made the decision to donate her daughter’s organs.
Ms Pretty said the blood drive could help Casey-lee’s friends come to terms with the loss of the popular Oak Flats High student.
‘‘I think other people would find it rewarding to do,’’ she said.
‘‘It’s been an extremely hard, awful situation.
‘‘There’s so many reasons to get involved – it’s a matter of saving people’s lives – the blood and products of blood can be used in so many life-saving things.’’
A Facebook page, called ‘‘Lets Do It In Casey’s Honour. Donate Blood’’ has been created and further details about the blood drive are available on the site.
Members of the public were also able to give blood directly to the NSW Blood Bank – and reference Casey-lee’s Honour.
Meantime, police are continuing to appeal for any witnesses of the crash to come forward.