I wouldn’t normally be here but on Sunday 6th of June, my brother Johnny and I lost our beautiful Mum, Lynette, our rock, our best friend, our queen.
We don’t have all of the answers yet as to what exactly happened to our mother. Johnny received the phone call on Sunday night as we were on our way to the hospital that our mother “had suffered a severe bleed to the brain which was unsurvivable and that she wouldn’t make it through the night”.
She was only 59.
I am a dancer/dance teacher and my income is predominantly gig-based.
As you can imagine, this last year during Covid has been challenging to say the least for all performers. Also, I lived with Mum for the last 3 years so now I have to find a new home as well.
However hard we have tried Johnny and I cannot do this financially all by ourselves.
We set up this GoFundMe to raise $20,000 to cover the costs of the traditional Maori service that she deserves, and also to help with the coming bills and expenses that come as a consequence of her unexpected and devastating passing. It has been totally overwhelming.
If you knew Lynette, you know that her passion and her life’s work was caring for others. It would mean so much to Johnny and I if you could help by shrouding Mum and our family in the love and care she so readily gave others. This recent tragedy has not only affected our family but the families of those that she cared for and worked with. She loved her residents and her residents loved her. Everyone touched by Lynette became whanau (family).
Johnny and I need your help with funding our Mum’s funeral ceremony as is fitting for her, as well as immediate costs involved in moving forward into life without her.
We only have 2 weeks to do this.
Our savings have already been exhausted by this terrible event beyond our control, and since we live in Sydney, traditional Maori ceremonies are not as easy to facilitate as they are in Mum’s birthplace, New Zealand.
Our immediate expenses total close to $20,000 for funeral costs and all the logistics involved in such a sudden loss, as well as the changes involved for my brother and I.
How You Can Help:
You can help by donating any amount you can spare: big or small.
Everything counts, and we are forever grateful.
Funds will be used for funeral, legal, medical expenses, lost wages and living expenses.
We will keep you updated with Mum’s funeral arrangements and anyone who would like to come and show their respects are welcome to.
Johnny and I truly are beyond words of appreciation and gratitude for any support that we receive.
Always let your loved ones know how special they are because you never know when it will be the last time.
Eli and Johnny
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