Com­mu­nity ral­lies around Tamzyn

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - REX­INE HAWES

A celebrity builder, the Va­ri­ety Bash and vol­un­teers are com­ing to­gether to make big changes for a lo­cal fam­ily.

Tamzyn Twi­dle (aged nine) is se­verely dis­abled. There is no of­fi­cial di­ag­no­sis but she has been classed with the motor func­tion symp­toms of a child with cere­bral palsy.

She can­not walk, talk, see or eat.

She lives in Mata­mata, with parents Rae­gan Ed­wards and Daniel Twi­dle and two younger si­b­lings Bron­son, 7, and Tahlia, 2.

As Tamzyn gets older her needs in­crease. Their fam­ily home is now too small for Tamzyn.

Rae­gan started a fundrais­ing cam­paign to en­large Tamzyn’s bed­room.

Thanks to the Va­ri­ety Bash, re­al­ity TV builder John (Cocksy) Cocks and big-hearted com­pa­nies and in­di­vid­u­als who have vol­un­teered time and sup­plies, the project has segued into a bath­room and an ad­di­tional bed­room so Bron­son and Tahlia no longer have to share.

The home is be­ing painted in­side and out, and the liv­ing area and kitchen will be­come open plan.

A gov­ern­ment funded hoist is un­used from lack of space, so Tamzyn is car­ried. The ad­di­tional space means the used.

Cocksy, with part­ner Dana Cootes, act­ing as project man­agers, Plum­bco, and ar­chi­tect Daniel Cullen are just a few of the con­trac­tors lead­ing a charge of vol­un­teers.

Rae­gan says Cocksy sees the hoist can be project be­ing com­pleted in three days, start­ing this Fri­day. A project of this kind would need many hands - and that’s just what they are get­ting.

A Face­book page, ded­i­cated to Tamzyn’s fundrais­ing wel­comed new con­trac­tors or lend­ing hands ev­ery few days, and Rae­gan has lost count of how many peo­ple to ex­pect.

The project is very hum­bling for Rae­gan and Daniel, and the com­mu­nity re­sponse is over­whelm­ing. As Rae­gan speaks with The Chron­i­cle, she has tears in her eyes on more than one oc­ca­sion.

‘‘We have con­firmed over 100 peo­ple,’’ she says. ‘‘With at least 50 more who have just re­cently come on board.

‘‘We are priv­i­leged to be able to do this. We haven’t gone out look­ing for any­one for the build, peo­ple have just come. We have been very lucky.’’

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