Bring Tory Brunning home to Waitara.

$30,050 donated
Given by 248 generous donors in 16 days

To cover the expense of bringing Tory home to Waitara, New Zealand.


Our shining star, in the prime of his life, Tory has sadly left us at the young age of 22. He leaves behind many heartbroken family and friends, but we take comfort in knowing that Tory died doing what he loved - playing rugby league.

Tory moved to Australia from New Zealand at the age of 15 to pursue his dream of playing league, after playing for the Waitara Bears from the age of 5, and representing Taranaki at age group level. Anyone who knew Tory knew that he had the determination and skill to succeed, which he did, attending Illawarra Sports High School and being selected to play in the Australian Combined High Schools team and the NSW schoolboys team. Tory was playing for his beloved Dapto Canaries team when he passed away. Tory's determination was also expressed in his career goals, Tory would have completed his industrial electrician apprenticeship at the end of this year.

A service for Tory will be held in Wollongong, and then it will be time to bring Tory home to rest in peace in Waitara, Taranaki, NZ. The expense of bringing him home is considerable, and it is for this reason that the family are asking for anyone who wishes to contribute their koha (gift) to the family, to do so through this page. The family thank everyone for their contribution in advance, and for the tributes already received which mean so much.

Mary Brunning's involvement (page creator)

I am Tory's aunty. I have been asked on behalf of the Brunning whanau to administer funds to help cover the expenses of bringing Tory home to Waitara.

Use of funds

The funds will be used to pay for the expenses involved in transporting Tory from Australia to New Zealand. Any surplus will be used to help pay for his tangi (funeral) and headstone.

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Latest donations

Bev Thurling
Bev Thurling on 26 May 2018
RIP Tory, taken way too soon.ill never forget what you did for Greg on the night he passed away. You were a remarkle young man. X
JGG on 24 May 2018
May you Rest In Peace Tory xxx
Guest Donor
Guest Donor on 23 May 2018
Collegians RLFC
Collegians RLFC on 22 May 2018
Berkeley Sports RLFC
Berkeley Sports RLFC on 22 May 2018

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Created by, and paying to a verified bank account of, Mary Brunning on behalf of The family of Tory Brunning
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This page was created on 13 May 2018 and closed on 29 May 2018.