Friends gather for tribute to Sarah

HUNDREDS of colourful balloons danced their way into the sky as a tribute to Nowra High student Sarah Blank, who died on Monday, April 7.

The memorial took place at Nowra Showground theWednesday before last. 

Students, teachers and family members gathered to share memories and comfort one another.

On Thursday, a sunset remembrance organised by Sarah’s friend Matt Doyle, was held at Grey’s Beach.

“That was amazing,” Tanya Blank, Sarah’s mother said.

“It was around 300 people.”

A friend of Sarah’s, Eden Taurua-Capdevila, performed a song she wrote and dedicated to Sarah.

At sunset, balloons were again sent into the sky.

Candles were lit and set adrift on the river.

“It had been raining right up until then and stopped,” Mrs Blank said.

“Then after we floated the candles, it started raining again.”

A minute’s silence was held to acknowledge the loss of a friend.

“I really appreciated it. It was amazing really,” Mrs Blank said.

“I knew she was well known, but it was amazing how many people were there.”

Mrs Blank said she had even received letters from other children who had been touched by Sarah’s struggles with depression.

A funeral service was held for Sarah at Nowra City Church last Tuesday.

“I am so appreciative and overwhelmed by the number of people who came and how many lives she touched,” Mrs Blank said.

“And I thank the emergency services and hospital staff who have helped, they have been amazing.”

Sarah is survived by her mother and father, Tanya and Brendon Blank, two sisters, Courtney and Laura and brother-in-law, Nick.

The 16-year-old lost her battle with depression on Monday, April 7.

If you are experiencing crisis or are considering suicide phone a 24-hour support service like Lifeline on 13 11 14, Suicide Prevention Foundation on 1800 HOLDON (1800 465 366)  or Suicide Callback on 1300 659 467.

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