German filmmaker David Holey has received permission from the family to make a film about the bucket list of the Malua Bay girl, who tragically lost her life in a car accident in Sydney on April 9
Kaileigh’s bucket list, which was found in her journal when the family collected her belongings, was distributed at her funeral and posted on Facebook. Her family put out the challenge for people to carry out items on the list.
A Facebook page called In Memory of Kaileigh Fryer for those enacting items on the list was set up, and at last count had nearly 10,800 members.
The page has particularly taken off in Germany, even though Kaileigh had never been there.
“These people from Germany have provided ongoing support and nothing is too much for them,” Kaileigh’s mother Michelle Fryer said.
“I’m not sure what made Kaileigh’s story touch the heart and soul of so many people there, but it has inspired people to learn a new approach to life.”
One of them posted on the page: “When it comes to following our dreams, we often tell ourselves and others that right now is not the right time or place, or we're going to do it later. But remember, you only have one life, so live now, for Kaileigh wanted to but couldn't.”
The Fryers have adopted Germany as their new football World Cup side following Australia’s elimination.
“Absolutely; we are cheering for Germany,” Michelle said.
Perhaps the most ambitious item on the list was to open an orphanage, but a group of Carroll College girls have formed the Smiling Angels Project with the aim of starting an orphanage in South Africa.
They recently achieved charity status, and the Whitewater and Bluewater Restaurant on Sydney’s north shore, where Kaileigh worked, has agreed to donate a percentage of their profits to this cause, and other businesspeople have agreed to do likewise.
There will be an article in That’s Life! about the bucket list on July 3, and the Fryers are donating the $600 payment to the project.