THE saying “it takes a village to raise a child” has been taken to heart for Aron Siermans, according to family friend Victoria Armstrong.

“He has just really touched everybody,” Ms Armstrong said.

Aron, now 5, was left without his mother Sharon after she was murdered last April. He is now in the care of his grandparents, John and Denise Siermans.

Friends of the Siermans have banded together to help secure Aron’s financial future with a cocktail fundraiser next weekend.

Ms Armstrong said Sharon was her friend, tenant and employee.

“One of the things that hit me from the victim impact statement from Sharon’s brother was that Sharon would have died not knowing if Aron had lived or died,” Ms Armstrong said.

“We want to make sure John and Denise can continue to bring him up without financial stress.

The fundraiser will be held next Saturday at the Ballaarat Mechanics Institute from 6.30pm, with canapes by Peter Ford Catering and performances by indie singer Emmy Bryce and band 21/20.

More than 100 auction items have also been donated.

All the night’s proceeds will go to The Purple Butterfly Foundation, set up for Aron’s financial future and to raise awareness of internet dating dangers.

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