Family is grateful for help
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.