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Hundreds farewell Kenya crash victim

Published: 10:05AM Thursday January 24, 2013 Source: ONE News

Hundreds of people have turned out for the funeral of Caitlin Dickson in Tauranga today.

The 19-year-old aid worker and New Zealand volunteer workers Brian and Grace Johnston were killed when the van they were travelling in rolled last week.

Their Kenyan bus driver was also killed.

The New Zealanders were part of a group of 19 people building classrooms in a small village north-east of Nairobi.

Dickson's funeral service is being held in Bethlehem in Tauranga this afternoon at 1.30pm.

ONE News reporter Ruth Wynn-Williams, who is reporting from Tauranga, tweeted: "Hundreds have turned out to farewell Caitlin Dickson at Bethlehem College."

The Johnstons' will be held at 10.30am on Saturday.

It's been an tough week for the survivors of the crash, they attended an emotional reunion at a vigil in Tauranga yesterday.

One of those who led the group, teacher Jan Dean, broke her collar bone in the van.

She said that all she remembers of the accident was trying to free herself and others from the vehicle.

"Phil Russell was in the van he was in the front seat and he'd obviously crashed his head against the window, the window was broken and he had blood all down his face," she said.

Twelve members from the group required medical attention following the accident, and five members of the group are still being cared for in Nairobi.

Donations totalling $20,000 have already been deposited into an account set up in memory of the victims.

The money will be donated to the Kenyan community where the victims were carrying out aid work.

A further $8000 has been donated to the Johnston family.