Amy Gill had moved to Melbourne, Australia. Image: Independent.ie 

Amy Gill had moved to Melbourne in January.

A fundraising effort to bring the body of a young woman killed in a car crash in Australia back to Ireland, has raised nearly €45,000.

Amy Gill (23) from Kiltimagh Co Mayo was fatally injured in the two-car collision last week in Melbourne.

Ms Gill had moved to Melbourne in January with her friends and had recently started working on a tomato farm.

A GoFundMe page was set up by cousins of Amy over the weekend, with the goal of bringing her remains home to her family who are said to be “devastated” after her tragic death.

“Amy’s family are completely devastated with the loss of Amy and are desperately trying to get her home to Coolaght Claremorris as soon as possible,” a family member wrote.

“There are massive fees and costs associated with getting Amy home, and we, Amy’s cousins, are asking you for your help in funding this.  We know that Amy’s immediate family will not rest until they have Amy back home in Ireland.”

Image: GoFundMe

The fundraiser surpassed the €15,000 goal yesterday to the “great relief” of Ms Gill’s family, who thanked the public for their generosity.

“We never imagined last Friday evening, on setting up this page, the tremendous support we have received over the past 48 hours. Thank you to everybody – friends, neighbours, family, people we do not even know – for helping us at this most difficult time,” they said.

“The unbelievable support and generosity from all of you has given Amy’s parents and sisters some comfort in knowing they will have Amy home as soon as possible now.”

At the time of writing the donations stood at €44,461.

If you wish to donate, you can do so HERE.