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Family Destroyed by Fire at Christmas

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This page has been set up to help Kaileshan (Kailesh) Thanabalasingham, seriously injured in a fatal fire that killed 3 family members.

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  Auckland Family Support Aid Tragedy

Kailesh Thanabalasingham worked tirelessly for the Refugee Council of New Zealand aiding refugees and asylum seekers in the community who were struggling and helping them through difficult situations. Kailesh 47, is in a critical condition in Middlemore Hospital with severe burns after his house burnt down in a fire. His daughter aged 11 and his father in law are in a stable condition. Sadly Kailesh lost his wife, 5 year old son and mother in law in the fire.

Lawyer, Deborah Manning, described Kailesh as a "tireless advocate for vulnerable people in New Zealand. "Khailesh is one of those people who you can always count on," she said, "He's very giving and very hardworking and very principled and highly ethical.

"It's an unspeakable tragedy - we're all just needing to rally around and be there for Khailesh when he wakes up, and for the family, because this is going to be a long road ahead."

As further information comes to us we will keep this page updated.

Refugees as Survivors New Zealand (RASNZ)'s involvement (page creator)

Refugees as Survivors New Zealand are involved because we respect and admire Kailesh for his work with asylum seekers and refugees in the community. If anyone was in trouble, day or night, he would help them. Now he needs our help. He is badly injured with 40% burns to his body, his daughter and father in law badly shocked; his wife, son and mother in law dead. His family home destroyed.

The least we can do is to help him in his hour of need. He often worked closely with our organisation and we are honoured to help him in any way we can. As a sign of our great love for him and his family we have set up this Givealittle page to help in the only way we can.

There will be huge expenses for him, with funeral, medical and practical costs, so we are reaching out to the community to contribute financially to help this man who has helped so many in the past.

About us

We assist and support refugees to recover from the trauma of physical maltreatment and torture; we help young people integrate though sport; promote road safety and run community groups where refugees receive information on healthy lifestyles. We offer long-term support for refugees to study, obtain qualifications and successfully contribute to the NZ work force.

Latest update

February 17 Update  20 February 2017

Posted by: Refugees as Survivors New Zealand (RASNZ)

I would like to thank everyone for their incredible support I can’t tell you how much this means to Krishah, the 11 year old daughter, and those close to her, to know how much people care. Deborah Manning, who is a barrister and close friend of the late Kaileshan Thanabalasingham, is setting up the final details of what will happen to Krishah and how the trust will be set up. I'm hoping to have some more details for you very soon. All of us involved with the family know how important the updates are and apologise for the delay, but hope you understand it's very important for Krishah's future that everything is done correctly.

Thank you.

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Ragavan Rengachariar
Ragavan Rengachariar on 28 Feb 2017
May Kaileshan get well soon and may God help to get over this difficulty.
BNZ Manukau Team
BNZ Manukau Team on 23 Feb 2017
The BNZ Manukau Team is thinking of you during this difficult time, prayers and thoughts are with you.
Alicia and Riya Prakash
Alicia and Riya Prakash on 21 Feb 2017
Wish you all the best Krisha. Hope you feel better.
Ushmendra Hardeo
Ushmendra Hardeo on 21 Feb 2017
Maju on 17 Feb 2017
My prayers for speedy recovery for the survivors and rest in peace who lost their lives in this tragedy.

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