Coolum’s connection to missing Malaysian plane
COOLUM High's class of 1993 is rallying behind former classmate Danica Weeks whose husband Paul is on the missing Malaysian Airlines flight.
As news broke across the world that Australian authorities may have located two objects believed from the missing airliner about 2500km off Perth, the class of '93's thoughts were with Danica, nee Waldin, who now lives in Western Australia.
Her husband, Paul, emailed he was "missing you already" moments before he boarded flight MH370.
Classmate Renae Chalmers said many students had remained in close contact.
All had been rocked to hear one of their own was linked to the flight that has gripped the attention of the world.
"It's bad enough what happened, but when you know someone it happened to, it brings it all home," Mrs Chalmers said.
She has been in contact with Mrs Weeks through Facebook, sending her messages of support.
"We were not best mates, but still friends at school. It was about seven years since we last spoke," she said.
"When I heard what happened I sent her a private message asking if there is anything I can do and to let her know we are all thinking of her."
Mrs Weeks responded back with thanks, saying it was "so surreal, and I am trying to get by minute by minute".
Mrs Chalmers hopes to contact other classmates with a view to starting a fundraiser for Mrs Weeks.
"She has two young boys, her husband works," she said.
"I spoke to another girlfriend from school about maybe organising a fundraiser."
Another classmate, Paula Diggle, has travelled to Perth to be with her friend.
Mrs Chalmers said she believed Mrs Weeks had lived in Sunrise Beach when they were at school.
She then moved on New Zealand where she met her husband.
Mrs Weeks' moving interview about her "best friend and my soulmate" has aired on CNN.
She has spoken how the couple survived the devastating Christchurch earthquake.