MURWILLUMBAH’S three Rotary clubs have banded together with local businesses to conduct a six-day house renovation blitz to make life easier for a Burringbar couple battling to care for their severely incapacitated three-year-old daughter.
Alex Alexiou and Kelly Ryan work shifts to sit by and care for Artemissia, who has a rare brain disease – but life will be a little easier and less expensive for the family following the efforts of dozens of volunteers last week.
With the help of Tweed Coast Rotary the family was provided with accommodation at Hastings Point while the volunteers and local companies got busy conducting a $40,000 renovation of their cramped home with the aim of making it roomier and cheaper to run.
“They expanded the lounge room. They put in a huge six-metre beam and opened it up,” Mr Alexiou said yesterday.
“We have two hospital beds and all the medical equipment here so it was cramped.
“They also put a sliding window at the front so we can see out.
“Beyond Building Solar provided a three-kilowatt grid system to help with the power bills ... and Duraplas provided a 5000-litre water tank.”