Geelong Cats pledge support for Chanelle Rae’s family


Danny Lannen
GEELONG Football Club has pledged to help Rae and Western Heights College families in the wake of the death of avid club supporter Chanelle Rae.

Chief executive Brian Cook said her death at 14 had rocked the club.

Cheer squad member Chanelle died by suicide on Friday. Her parents believe she acted as a result of cyber bullying and hers was the fourth student suicide to touch the college community in six months.

“The tragic death of Chanelle Rae has rocked us all at the Geelong Cats,” Mr Cook said.

“She was a member of our cheer squad and a great supporter of our club.

“Over the coming weeks we will work privately with her family to assist them through this difficult time and also the school as their students deal with another tragic event.”

Chanelle was an avid Corey Enright fan from the time she met him aged about 5.

“Chanelle was a close friend of Corey Enright,” Mr Cook said.

“This is a very personal issue for Corey and he is working through this in his own way whilst focusing on the contest ahead against the Hawks this week.

“The beyondblue Cup has come at a particularly pertinent time. We encourage people to talk openly about issues such as bullying and depression and to seek help from their teachers and parents.” Full story

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