Bootcamp fundraiser honours Jake and helps his family
WITH the loss of Jake Collins still very raw, there was plenty of support for a charity bootcamp held in his honour at Lismore on Saturday.
Despite farewelling their son at an emotional funeral service the previous day, Jake's parents John and Kyleen Collins found the strength to attend the event.
"We felt Jake wanted us to be here today to support the bootcamp," Mr Collins said.
"We had no idea how many lives Jake had touched; it has absolutely overwhelmed our whole family.
"Jake was just a quiet young man; we loved him."
Jake's best friend, personal trainer Kim Andrews, held the bootcamp at St Carthage's oval as part of a wider fundraising effort.
"Today isn't just about raising money; it's a symbolic show of support for Jake's family," Mr Andrews said.
With other personal trainers including Dean Matthews, Taylor-Jayne Moore and Tristan Lee, it raised more than $1000.
"I had messages and phone calls from people who had never met Jake but wanted to hand over money, as well as pass on messages of love and support to the family.
"Jake was a person who brought so much happiness and light into my life and today was about honouring a friend."
The youngest participant - 14-year-old Sophie Lane - didn't know Jake but wanted to show her support for the Collins family.
"I thought this was a great way to support such a good cause; it was hard, but fun," Sophie said.