Tributes have poured in for a Melbourne mother and her 18-month-old baby who were tragically killed in a horror car crash while on holiday in Zimbabwe. Claire Penno, 32, and her daughter Anaishe died ‘on the spot’ after Ms Penno’s husband, Emmanuel Mpofu, lost control of the car they were travelling in near Victoria Falls on Thursday, local media reported.
‘The diver lost control of the vehicle resulting in it veering off the road and overturning before it rolled several times,’ police told Zimbabwe newspaper the Chronicle. Mr Mpofu and a teenager believed to be his son survived the crash and were rushed to hospital.
‘She loved and centred her life on the welfare of children, their education and expanding their potential. She was amazing, she was beautiful inside and out and she was loved. ‘Anaishe was just starting her life, full of character, personality and such intelligence. She had so much potential to bring to the world.’
Another friend wrote: ‘Claire was a beautiful and caring soul who was making a difference in the early childhood space. Always put others before herself! ‘This festive season is about spending time with family and loved ones. I can only imagine how both their families feel.’ A GoFundMe page as been set up to bring the bodies back to Australia. As of Sunday afternoon, it had raised over $27,000.