Something for Kate

The woman in the photo is my wife. We had our pictures taken for the special report covering the Lismore Flood of 2017, the worst disaster in in the regional city's recent history. But that was really just the beginning.

Where can I start? Before the flood hit, she had already suffered a back injury, with three inflamed discs in her lower lumbar, so I picked up the slack at her cafe as a result. But when the flood hit, we had lost everything. Our cafe was completely destroyed, but our house was also affected by it. Where do we go from that?

Our insurance claim with NRMA was initially rejected (it's currently being reviewed again, thanks to social media pressure). But then came the hospitalisation and numerous medical emergencies — adult croup, returning migraines, hospitalised children, tachycardia, ongoing chronic pain from the back injury — which have have taken their toll, not only on what money we don't have, but psychologically as well. Where do we turn to?

The last straw came today when we discovered her tooth had broken. On top of everything else that has happened, this one is the proverbial straw on the camel's back. Now we're facing the prospect of expensive surgery, and we have nowhere to turn to. I'm putting this campaign out there because I have nowhere else to turn to.

Everything that could go wrong, pretty much has. The stress, the grief over the loss of our cafe, the complete financial disaster that has come due to our insurance rejection, and the strain that this has put on our family, our marriage, our health ...

The goal of $5000 will help her get the surgery she needs.

That will get us going.

If by a miracle we could raise the odd $90k in outstanding debts, that would be the best thing in the world for us, and we'd at least be able to work towards getting all of her other medical conditions in check. But we're happy with just enough to get her teeth looked at.

The cover photo for this campaign is a picture from the Daily Telegraph's coverage of the Lismore floods, and the two people are Kate and myself. The photos above are our house on Friday morning, our cafe on Sunday, and Kate with her pet cockatoo.

Donations (8)

  • Anonymous
    • $200 
    • 6 yrs
  • Helen Newton
    • $50 
    • 6 yrs
  • Anonymous
    • $2,000 (Offline)
    • 6 yrs
  • Karen Clark
    • $40 
    • 6 yrs
  • Anna-Mieke Leo Mulholland
    • $100 
    • 6 yrs
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Marcos Fernandes
Booyong NSW

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