A former Shortland Street star is among a group of St
Leonards School alumni hoping to alleviate some of the
community's pain following the death of two of the school's
pupils last week.
Tim Foley, of Auckland, and fellow former pupil Josh Webb, of
New York, started the Facebook group ''St Leonards Alumni and
Friends'' to organise an auction to raise funds for the
school and community following the deaths of Bradley (9) and
Ellen (6) Livingstone last Wednesday.
The children were shot and killed by their father, Edward
Livingstone, before he killed himself in the St Leonards home
the children shared with their mother, Mr Livingstone's
estranged wife, Katharine Webb.
Mr Foley said the group, which had about 50 members, hoped to
stage the auction in about two to four weeks. He hoped the
funds raised could be used to help the school community heal.
Among the confirmed auction items were a walk-on role in
Shortland Street and donated artwork.
St Leonards School principal Jo Wilson said support from the
community and former pupils had been ''overwhelming . .
.which is just brilliant''.
Bradley and Ellen Livingstone.
''Everybody is doing what they need to do. They are
looking out for each other and they all know we are there,
which makes it as easy as it can be.''
School staff last week opened a bank account for donations to
be made to Ms Webb and Mrs Wilson said about $3000 had been
deposited into the account by yesterday afternoon.
The school would be open again todayfrom 10am for any pupils
or parents who wanted to ''touch base''. A counsellor would
visit the school today to speak to staff and assess the needs
of the pupils. A separate counsellor would be helping staff.
Dunedin Clutha area commander Inspector Greg Sparrow said
yesterday the investigation into the deaths was continuing
and ''there is still a significant number of inquiries to
The scene examination finished on Saturday.
Another Facebook page called ''RIP Bradley and Ellen
Livingstone'' had received more than 4200 likes by late
yesterday. Dozens of comments in support of Ms Webb and the
children's family had been posted.
The Dunedin Orienteering Club - of which Bradley and Ellen
were members - paid tribute to the children with a message on
''They made a wonderful contribution to the energy and life
of our club.''
The children's funerals will be held at St Leonards School on