Fam­ily is grate­ful for help

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

A young Kar­ratha fam­ily has thanked the com­mu­nity for lend­ing a shoul­der af­ter a trau­matic 2015 threat­ened to tear them apart.

Tarika Hansen, her hus­band and six chil­dren moved from the Lom­bad­ina com­mu­nity to Kar­ratha for work in 2015, but the year quickly took a turn for the worse when sev­eral tragic events struck in close suc­ces­sion.

Mrs Hansen’s brother took his life while the fam­ily were back in Broome vis­it­ing her mother, who had been told she had less than three months to live be­cause of lung can­cer.

Af­ter her brother’s funeral, Mrs Hansen and her fam­ily started the drive home to pre­pare for school.

The drive turned to dis­as­ter as a crash killed her 11-year-old son, Braidon.

Mrs Hansen sus­tained in­juries in the crash, mean­ing her hus­band had to take time off work to care for his fam­ily.

In a fi­nal blow to the fam­ily, Mrs Hansen’s mother lost her fight with lung can­cer as the year drew to a close.

A GoFundMe page was set up to help the fam­ily, but Mrs Hansen said what they had re­ceived from the com­mu­nity “meant so much more”.

“The Bayn­ton West Pri­mary School staff, P and C, and par­ents all got to­gether and were quick to show their sup­port — it was not only a one-off gath­er­ing of items to as­sist my fam­ily,” she said.

“The most amaz­ing thing was be­ing in­vited to the school to re­ceive do­na­tions gath­ered by Year 6 stu­dents who were friends of my dear son Braidon.

“In a time of need, the com­mu­nity came to­gether and in do­ing so they lifted our hearts when we were amid our hard­est strug­gles and heavy with grief.”

Mrs Hansen said her hus­band’s work­mates had also gone above

and be­yond to of­fer sup­port to her fam­ily.

“So many times I have strug­gled to find the words to say to ex­press my grat­i­tude,” she said.

“I feel it would be the best way for our fam­ily to end a dif­fi­cult year by ex­press­ing thanks and giv­ing credit to where credit is due, and hon­our the com­mu­nity who helped us get through the most dif­fi­cult year of our lives.”

Bayn­ton West Pri­mary School prin­ci­pal Lisa Ledger said it was an up­set­ting time for the school as well, but they pulled through for the fam­ily.

“We had a lot of sup­port from re­gional of­fice and our chap­lain be­cause we were all in shock and dis­be­lief,” she said.

“I am part of a fan­tas­tic school com­mu­nity though … our P and C board and staff were cook­ing for the fam­ily and tak­ing it over there to help sup­port them.”

Mrs Ledger said the class Braidon would have been in did some fundrais­ing and a pre­sen­ta­tion with the par­ents to help them through the hard times.

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