A meal donation program has been set up to support the family of television presenter Erin Jayne Plummer following her tragic death aged 42. The Studio 10 and TVSN infomercial host died ‘suddenly’ over the weekend, and is survived by her husband and their three daughters. 

Neighbours have since have rallied around the Plummer family by setting up an account with Meal Train a website where people can collaborate to schedule, cook and deliver meals to those in need. The website allows volunteers to select a specific day they’d like to deliver food and share the meal they plan to cook.  So far, 59 people have volunteered to deliver home-cooked meals for Erin’s family, meaning that the Plummers won’t have to cook for themselves for the next two months. 

According to the page, the Plummers prefer meals to be dropped off between 5-6pm, and request that there are food options for one family member who is allergic to eggs, nuts and diary.Meals that have been pledged include nachos, roast chicken and salads. 

Elsewhere, a GoFundMe page also set up to support Erin’s family has raised $24,690 far over the initial goal of $5000, and the total is going up by the minute.  The description explains that the page is, ‘Fundraising to support a regular gardener and housekeeper to keep the Plummer household running along with anything else they may need.’It appears to have been set up by a friend of the family.  

Among the donors is TV entrepreneur Harry Michaels and his wife Effie, who gave a whopping $10,000. ‘Our deepest condolences are with you and your family at this very sad time’, the couple wrote in their comment alongside the donation. On Wednesday, Erin’s shattered fiends and family gathered for a sunrise memorial service at Freshwater Beach. 

A Facebook post announcing the memorial encouraged attendees to bring ‘red frogs and a cup of cheap coffee from the BP’  Erin’s favourite treats. The chaplain of Freshwater Surf Club offered his condolences to the crowd.

People of all ages were seen crying and embracing each other as the chaplain led the assembly of 100 people in prayer. Erin’s death was announced on Studio 10 on Monday, with hosts Sarah Harris and Angela Bishop paying tribute to the ‘gorgeous’ mother of three who ‘brightened up our mornings with her bubbly personality and megawatt smile’.

Meanwhile, friends and loved ones have flocked to a public Facebook group set up to share memories of the late advertorial host. Among the tributes were details of Wednesday’s memorial service. The notice included the phone number for 24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention service Lifeline.  Claim to fame: Erin was thrust into the spotlight at a young age when she was scouted at Sydney’s Manly Beach and cast in a tourism campaign that aired on NBC in America

Erin was also a presenter for Aerobics Oz Style for six years. The instructional aerobics TV series, which aired from 1982 to 2005, had a global audience of 40 million people at its peak and was broadcast in more than 80 countries. But it was her role as a professional spruiker for which she was best known. During her career hosting advertorials, she appeared on Studio 10, TVSN, Mornings with Kerri-Anne and The Morning Show, and earned the nickname ‘The Danoz Girl’.


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