Three of the four children killed in a car crash in Sydney’s northwest over the weekend regularly volunteered to help the homeless.
Sienna, 8, her sister Angelina, 12, and brother Antony Abdallah, 13, and their cousin, 11-year-old Veronique Sakr, died after they were allegedly hit by a car in Oatlands on Saturday night.
The siblings’ father, Danny Abdallah, said the children were walking to buy ice cream at the time of the crash.
Team Jesus, a Christian volunteer group devoted to helping the homeless, wrote on Facebook on Sunday the Abdallah children were “little angels” and “active members” of the team.
“Since day one of our ministry in Blacktown, where we provide a food and clothing service to the poor, needy and the homeless, Anthony, Angelina and Sienna, and all Danny's family joined us regularly and they put themselves in the service of those who are in most need of our help,” it wrote.
“They stood in line with the adult team members to serve food and to give a smile to those who needed it most.”
Team Jesus added Sienna, Angelina and Antony would encourage “or insist” mum and dad take them to Blacktown on Friday night to help.
“By this, they set an example to all other children to do the same and they made a huge impression on everyone who met them at this community service,” Team Jesus wrote.
“Not only did they serve at tables, but they insisted on praying for the people whom we served, and their prayers brought the blessings and favour of God upon the place.
“All credit goes to Danny and Leila for their parental guidance, their wisdom and their perseverance in getting their children educated in the way of charity, giving and loving without expecting anything in return.”
Team Jesus called Ms Abdallah a “model mother for prayer and discipline” and her husband “the perfect father who is firm yet loving beyond words toward their children”.
“Danny and Leila are not raising average children,” Team Jesus wrote.
“They are raising children after God's own heart and this is an absolute blessing for their home.”
Samuel William Davidson, 29, who was allegedly behind the wheel of the car, has been charged with 20 offences including four counts of manslaughter, dangerous driving occasioning death and grievous bodily harm, negligent driving and drink driving.
His case was heard at Parramatta Bail Court on Sunday. He did not appear in court and did not apply for bail, which was formally refused by magistrate John McIntosh.
Davidson is scheduled to return to Parramatta Local Court on April 2.
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