WHEN KINDNESS COUNTS
Jim and Jenny Carter have done it tough. The couple (above) lost their historic homestead in the 2014 Grampians bushfires.
Two years later they’re still rebuilding their lives. They are $180,000 in debt and barely making a living.
That makes the Carters perfect candidates for The Briefcase. Each episode gives two worthy families a briefcase filled with $100,000 and it is up to them to keep it or share it.
“It was quite staggering to be given $100,000 and then get follow-up to say, ‘You can keep it or have the chance of sharing it with somebody else who has also been through a fairly horrific experience,’ ” Jim says.
That family was Rod and Mandy McCracken. In 2014, Mandy, a mother of three young girls, suffered a life-threatening attack of streptococcal A bacteria. Doctors had to amputate her arms and legs to save her life.
Mandy’s plight helped Jim put his own hardships in perspective.
“We weren’t in a situation where we were suffering a disability that was making life difficult to move forward with,” Jim says. “What we’ve been through is nothing compared to what the other family was battling. The final decision was quite easy.”
THE BRIEFCASE, CHANNEL 9, MONDAY, 7.30PM