It's a few months since Beth Eacersall gave birth prematurely to twins, losing one shortly after birth. The second baby boy, Reeef, (4mths now) survived but only but only just out of hospital. Now the young dad Luke Eacersall is facing life without a car after the head gasket on their 4wd blew for the second time. They also have a 3 year old daughter Myla.
It's a few months since Beth Eacersall gave birth prematurely to twins, losing one shortly after birth. The second baby boy, Reeef, (4mths now) survived but only but only just out of hospital. Now the young dad Luke Eacersall is facing life without a car after the head gasket on their 4wd blew for the second time. They also have a 3 year old daughter Myla. Patrick Woods

COMMENT: Generosity of Sunny Coasters is touching

ONE of the absolute highlights of working at our newspaper is seeing the community and local businesses rally behind locals who need help.

Saturday's Daily included a story I wrote about young carpenter Luke Eacersall, the father of a fragile four-week-old boy born four months early, who had launched a crowdfunding campaign to fix his car.

It had conked out at the worst possible time, a couple of weeks after his little "superhero" son returned from hospital after a three-month ordeal.

He was still driving his unreliable beast of a 4x4 to work, but it needed a new engine and he knew that soon he would have to rely on his wife and mates as taxi drivers.

Within hours of publication, hundreds of dollars had been raised and yesterday morning 65 people had donated $3150.

"The family who's had the worst luck now deserves the best luck," donor Rick Cullen said. "Let's get you a Ferrari, bro."

Donors included anonymous individuals, friends and a number of parents who had raised or lost premature-born babies.

Volkswagen hire company, Kombi Celebrations, has even thrown in $50.

I'm proud to be part of a community that values the simple things - family, friends, fun times at the beach, above most things.

Thanks for not hesitating to help a stranger, just because you can.

Find Luke's crowdfunding page at http://www.gofundme.com/nztjdxyk


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