A CHRISTMAS tragedy has shown the power of community, with members of Ballarat rallying behind the father and son who are recovering from a shocking boating accident.
Dad Matt and son Nathan Rumler, 16, are both recovering in hospital after they sustained extensive injuries when they were thrown into rocks on the bank of the Murray River after coming off their ski biscuit, which was being towed behind a friend’s speedboat.
A gofundme page has been set up by members of the community in support of the family.
Creator, Nathan’s brother-in-law Will Rayner-Bishop said that he wanted to do something to help the pair who had big hearts and always helped others. He said Matt would be out of work for a number of weeks which would put a strain on the family, and any extra money for everyday needs and extra travel expenses would help.
The family’s life has been turned upside down by the accident. With Nathan facing a long road to recovery
“Nathan loved playing football and unfortunately has been told that this sport can no longer be a part of his social life,” Mr Rayner-Bishop said.
“But we remain hopeful that one day he can return to the sport he loves, in the mean time he has set his sight's on power lifting.
“I have turned to social media in a bid to contribute to the on going cost of day to day living.”
Mr Rumler, a UGL employee, used up all his sick leave prior to the accident. He said he had been assured by UGL management that he would keep his job.
He will be unable to work for between six to 10 weeks after his broke his shoulder bone, eight ribs, a toe and fractured two vertebrae.
Mr Rumler’s son Jacob said the family was shocked by the creation of the page. He said the extra money would ease the family’s stress during this difficult time.
“It gives us peace of mind … it’s always nice to know that there are so many people out there supporting us,” Jacob said. Mr Rayner-Bishop said the page had raised more than $300 in less than 24-hours. He hopes to raise $2000. To donate visit gofundme.com/chhyc62k.
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