Kathy Broekman, owner of Pippy’s Cafe in Evans Head, with customers (from left) Shandell Booker, 10, Shimani Booker, 7, at a fundraiser for the Mason family.
Kathy Broekman, owner of Pippy’s Cafe in Evans Head, with customers (from left) Shandell Booker, 10, Shimani Booker, 7, at a fundraiser for the Mason family. Jay Cronan

Village rallies after deaths

THEY say it takes a village to raise a child. It also takes a village to grieve their death.

In the case of the Mason family of Woodburn, the entire community is standing behind them as they grieve not one, but two sons who died this year.

Still reeling from the death of 16-year-old Chase in a car accident in January, the Masons then faced the incomprehensible loss of a second son, Beau, 29, who died by suicide in June.

As the family struggles with the emotional and financial enormity of their loss, the Woodburn and Evans Head communities have banded together to help the Masons pay for both funerals and a double headstone for the brothers.

On Saturday, family friend and Pippy's Cafe owner Kathy Broekman dedicated the day's trading in Evans Head toward easing the financial burden the Masons now face to pay for more than $20,000 in burial costs.

Offering a special menu for the day, all money raised will go towards paying off the funeral costs, Ms Broekman said.

“Saturday is my biggest trading day and, while I am struggling from day to day, I'm not thinking about that – this is what you do to help your friends,” she said.

“Even Chase's teenage mates have volunteered to help with the washing up and cleaning.”

For emotional crisis telephone support contact Lifeline 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 13 11 14 or visit its website for information and resources at www.lifeline.org.au.

HELP NEEDED

You can also donate directly to the Mason Family Appeal through the Summerland Credit Union BSB 728 728, account number 22285673.



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