A car accident at Cobram East in May changed the Tinker family’s lives forever, when young father Damien was seriously injured.By Randall Johnston
A car accident at Cobram East in May changed the Tinker family’s lives forever, when young father Damien was seriously injured.
It is not an easy thing to talk about, even for close family friend Jessica Klippel who has helped organise a fundraising event at Mivo Park from 2
‘‘He’s not too good,’’ she said.
‘‘He will need 24-hour care for the rest of his life.’’
With young Riley, 3, still finding his feet in the world, Damien’s wife Lynda is unable to generate the income this round-the-clock care will require.
So their friends have organised this fundraiser, hoping the community will show its support.
‘‘I’ve known Damo for years and he is such a great guy,’’ Jessica said.
‘‘They have lived here for a least a few years and he’s always doing something for the community.
‘‘It’s just such a hard thing to watch the people you love go through (this), so we just wanted to do whatever we could to help them out and we’re hoping others will do the same.
‘‘The whole community has gotten right behind us, especially local businesses and we are very grateful for that.
‘‘No-one knows what the expense will be long-term, but it will be expensive.
‘‘Lynda is coping all right, he’s still in hospital, but she’s holding it together pretty well.
‘‘But it’s almost like she became a single mum overnight.’’
Damien and Lynda have been together for 12 years and have been married for seven.
‘‘We just want to raise a decent amount to help them out as much as we can,’’ Jessica said.
Entry to the Tinker Family Fundraising Day will be by gold coin donation and will feature a variety of food and product stalls, hay rides, a jumping castle, mini train rides, face painting, a petting zoo and live entertainment.
The Courier was hoping to speak to the family, but they are understandably still coming to terms with this tragic event.
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