All hands needed to help grieving family with renovation

Pictured are Kash's family - Dad Adrian, Jazma, 6, Jemma, 8, Dylan, 10, and Blair, 12, at a family fun day raised to help in his battle against leukemia.
Pictured are Kash's family - Dad Adrian, Jazma, 6, Jemma, 8, Dylan, 10, and Blair, 12, at a family fun day raised to help in his battle against leukemia. Mike Richards GLA100214KASH

FOLLOWING the passing of his grandson Kash on Sunday from leukaemia, John Longmuir is looking to help his son and daughter-in-law recover but he needs the community on board.

Adrian and Carmen Longmuir and their four children plan to move to Biloela when they return from scattering little Kash's ashes, but their home is in need of repair.

Mr Longmuir said it would be nice if the house was finished and ready for them for when they return.

He is currently calling for any businesses or people in the area who can donate materials or their time to help renovate the three-bedroom home.

"If we get 200 people out there and they all do 10 minutes work, we'll probably get it done in a day," he said.

Among the jobs on the list is to move a second-hand kitchen from Boyne Island and install it into their house at Biloela.

For that, Mr Longmuir said he needed a cabinet maker to get on board to help with freight and installation.

They are also looking for bricklayers, painters, and an electrical company to install ceiling fans and reverse-cycle air-conditioners.

Leisa Pender, Luke Grice and Annie Grice are looking for others to help the Longmuir family renovate their house next week.
Leisa Pender, Luke Grice and Annie Grice are looking for others to help the Longmuir family renovate their house next week. Luka Kauzlaric

Member of the Cash for Kash committee and close family friend Leisa Pender said the family was so grateful for the support shown by the community, and the fundraising had allowed the family to take a break and grieve.

The Cash for Kash fundraising day planned for April 6 will still go ahead as the community remembers the little boy who touched many hearts.

"Carmen really wants the Cash for Kash day to be a celebration, not a memorial, but more of a happy occasion," she said.

Annie Grice, also on the committee, said the group was looking at making it an annual event to help families with sick children suffering from all types of illnesses.

The Cash for Kash day will start with a cruise from the Gladstone Yacht Club to the Tannum Seagulls Football Ground, before a day of activities and rides.

To register for the cruise, contact Leisa Pender on 0410 654 059.

What you can do

  • Donate packing boxes
  • Transport furniture
  • Cabinet maker to install a kitchen and replace doors
  • Help paint the house
  • Lend a mower
  • Offer your time as a helper
  • Visit the Cash for Kash Facebook page to see what you can do to help

EARLIER: LOVED ones of Kash Longmuir are hoping the community will band together once again to help makeover the Longmuir's home to help them deal with their loss.

The brave 15-month-old boy lost his fight with leukemia on Sunday.

Kash had been undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment in Brisbane and had the people of the Gladstone region firmly behind him in his battle.

Kash's grandparents are hoping to do a makeover of his parent's Adrian and Carmen's three bedroom house in Biloela so when they return from a well-deserved camping holiday they can move straight into the home.

"I am asking for volunteers to help me," John Longmuir posted on Facebook fundraising page Cash for Kash.

The dates volunteers are sought after will be from March 12 to 14.

The tasks are:

  • Install second-hand kitchen cupboards (this needs to be transported from Boyne Island)
  • Paint inside of house (paint already sourced)
  • Pressure wash outside of house (pressure washer already sourced)
  • Replace five inside and front and back doors (doors already sourced)
  • Replace front porch stairs
  • Polish the inside floors (machine needed)
  • Mow and whipper snip lawns (mower needed)
  • Install a few reverse cycle air conditioners (already sourced)
  • Insulation put in the ceiling (insulation already sourced)
  • Erect a fence made of cement blocks (blocks already sourced)

Anyone travelling from Gladstone with utes, the family need their furniture from Boyne Island taken out to Biloela.

Adrian will be at Boyne Island on March 11 to co-ordinate what furniture needs to go to Biloela.

Contact John on 0429040655 if you can help, even if only for a day.