Just one month after Michaela Harte was murdered, while on her honeymoon in Mauritius, her widower, John McAreavey and parents, Micky and Marian, have announced that they will set up a charity in her memory.
Her family announced that they hope the charitable trust established in her name could be a force for good. The family made this announcement as they prepare hold her month's mind Mass this Friday.
Her widower, McAreavey, said that his wife had taught him to be a better person. He said "From the enormous amount of support and kind words I have received from people in response to the tragic loss of my beautiful wife Michaela, it has struck me the way she lived her life has had a profound effect on many people.
“The values that embodied Michaela’s life seem to have captured the public’s heart. For people to be aware of just how beautiful Michaela was in this regard fills me with great joy and pride.
“I am eternally grateful and privileged to have been such a large part of her life and this alone helps console me during this difficult time.
“Many people have encouraged me to act on the positive lifestyle and morals that Michaela enjoyed in her life. She has indeed had a major positive impact on my life in this regard also.
Micky Harte, Michaela's father thanks the international public for the goodwill and support in dealing with the loss of his daughter. He said that he hoped the same goodwill would be shown to Michaela's charity.
He said "I continue to be amazed on a daily basis at the reaction there has been to the untimely death of our beautiful daughter Michaela…The fact that she has touched the lives of so many who never knew her but now feel that they do, has encouraged both families, Hartes and McAreaveys, to put in place the formation of a trust/foundation to celebrate through her, the sound values which Michaela held dear."
A joint statement from the McAreavey and Harte family read "Thank you everyone that contributed in any way, small or large, to the organization and logistics of the wake and funeral.
“We have been overwhelmed with the volume and sincerity of support from people from all sides of the community across Ireland and the entire world.
“Those who have visited, sent letters, emails, messages, cards and prayers. The volume of support alone from this media has been staggering and we are in the process of reading through everything. We appreciated absolutely everything that has been sent.”
Relatives said that further details on the charitable trust would be announced at a later date.Read more: Mauritian police focus on getting confessions from suspects in Michaela Harte's case