Last Friday Brisbane bus driver Manmeet Alisher was killed after being set alight while picking up passengers at a routine Moorooka bus stop.
It’s a story that has brought the Brisbane community together, with hundreds attending a memorial site to pay their respects, lay down flowers, light candles and send their love and prayers.
The tragedy has sent waves through the public transport and taxi community Australia wide, with many workers donning black arm bands in his honour today.
And while nothing can ever bring the well-respected 29-year-old back, our next focus is helping his family deal with the tragedy in any way that we can and ensuring justice.
— SBS Hindi (@SBSHindi) November 2, 2016
We spoke to Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk this morning about the Manmeet Sharma Trust Fund that has been set up in his name to raise funds for his family.
The money will go towards returning Manmeet’s body to India where his family live as well as any additional costs.
The Brisbane City Council began donations with a $10k pledge but now it is the communities turn.
If you feel compelled in any way to contribute – regardless of how much or how little – we’re sure any donation means the world to this family in mourning.
— Lexy Hamilton-Smith (@LexyHS1) November 2, 2016
To contribute to the trust fund, see the details below:
Account Name: BCC Manmeet Sharma Trust Fund
BSB: 064 000
A memorial service will also be held for Manmeet on Friday in India for his last rites.