Not-for-profits rally in wake of Debbie Combarngo murder
TWELVE of Toowoomba's not-for-profit organisations are banding together to help up to 50 children impacted by the tragic murder of Toowoomba mum Debbie Combarngo.
Nine people have been charged in relation to her death, leaving the dozens of children of the accused in limbo - according to LifefLine Darling Downs and South West Queensland CEO Derek Tuffield.
Mr Tuffield said the groups convened a meeting last week in a bid to discuss how they could help the children impacted by the crime.
"What triggered this, in actual fact, is with nine people in custody there are some 40-50 children who are being supported by grandparents, elders, cousins and other distant relations," he said.
"We wanted to see what we could do for those people affected by the Debbie Combarngo tragedy.
"There is quite a lot of children, and that is what triggered the request."
LifeLine is one of a number of organisations who sat in on community meetings with family members over the past fortnight.
The group of 12 has set up a hotline anyone in the aboriginal community who has been affected by the death could call and be pointed in the right direction of the support they require.
"For those members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community who are currently not connected to an organisation give us a call and we'll have a list of agencies to help speed up the process," Mr Tuffield said.
"We are united, united in making sure we can try and support these children and those who are supporting them as quickly as possible."
Anyone who needs assistance can call 1300 991 443 from 9am-5pm for the next two weeks