Help Derek Go From ICU Back To Family And Farm
On Sunday the 30th of June 2019, local farmer, husband, father, son, brother, mate, volunteer and passionate motorcycle rider Derek Lewington had a tragic accident resulting in a serious spinal cord injury that would rock an entire community and family like nobody could have expected. Derek and Skye, his wife, now find themselves 600km from their kids, home, family and friends.
Whilst Derek remains in intensive care, it is with incredible sadness that following surgery, his doctors have confirmed that Derek has sustained severe neck and spinal injuries. These injuries have life changing impacts requiring long term medical interventions, equipment, rehabilitative care and modifications to the family home to provide a quality of life we all deserve.
Derek is a devoted father of 3 young kids who idolise him, he adores his wife and has a loving extended family and is everybody’s mate. As a fourth generation farmer, Derek is meticulous about the holistic management of their broadacre and livestock property which is evidenced by his commitment to controlled traffic and no-till farming practices. His passion for farming is matched by his adventurous nature and love of traveling whether it’s the Victorian High Country or the Simpson Desert.
Always the first one to put his hand up or offer support, the first one to get there and the last one to leave. Whether it is putting out a fire on a neighbour’s property, helping a mate build a shed, marking out an enduro track for the motorcycle club, rolling the tennis courts for the local kids tennis lessons or lending an ear and a cold one to a mate. As the President of the local rural fire service Derek is not only a tireless volunteer but gives heavily of his experience and time. Derek and his family are all regular contributors to a plethora of local community events, sporting clubs and are proud supporters of the local Preschool and Public School.
Now it is our chance, your chance to assist in the families journey out of his metropolitan intensive care unit to his rehabilitation and reuniting with loved ones back home. Thank you for your support.