An online fundraising campaign initiated by the aunt of missing 15-year-old Nora Anne Quoirin launched to help efforts to find her reached its target of £50,000 (RM255,084) late last night.
Aisling Agnew started the fund on Monday to help cover the expenses of family members headed to Malaysia to join the search.
“On behalf of our entire family, we are appealing to everyone to assist the local police in any way they can.
“If you are close by please get out and join the search and pass on any information that would help locate our beloved Nora without delay,” Agnew said on the GoFundMe page.
The page was started by “Agnew Family” who is described as the fundraiser’s organiser.
“Nora is my niece. Her parents and our families in Ireland and France are distraught by her disappearance. Nora is a child with special needs and has learning and developmental disabilities which make her especially vulnerable and we fear for her safety.
“Nora would not know how to get help and would never leave her family voluntarily,” said the explanation note on the page.
It said that more family members are travelling to Malaysia to participate in the search.
“(We) would appreciate donations to cover any unforeseen expenses or charges incurred in the process,” the note added.
Nora’s mother, Meabh Quoirin, is named as the beneficiary of the fund.
The family has also set up an email address for any information about the disappearance at firstname.lastname@example.org.