Renovation Rescue helps to put ill mum at ease
TRINITY Beach mum-of-three Kim Jenkins is battling an aggressive brain tumour, but all she cares about is her family's comfort.Mrs Jenkins was told just weeks ago a rare and inoperable "spider-web-like" brain tumour had returned for the second time in about three years. But despite the devastating diagnosis, the determined mum is instead focused on fixing their small family home, so she knows her husband George and daughters Matilda, 9, Molly-Jo, 8, and Claudia, 7, are settled.
The family have lived at their two-bedroom brick home for 10 years, where the three girls share a room stuffed with bunk beds.
Electrician Mr Jenkins said they always planned to extend, but it gained a sense of urgency for Mrs Jenkins after her prognosis.
"It's something we always planned to do because the girls are getting older but three years of the illness put us behind the eight-ball," he said. "Kim got it in her head that it was something she wanted and it's peaceof mind for her."
Mrs Jenkins' dream got a little closer yesterday when a community group, which heard of the family's pain, rallied together to launch the "Kim Jenkins Renovation Rescue".
The group, headed by member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch, the Dr Edward Koch Foundation and the Koch Community Care Fund's Kath Kinneally, is appealing for tradies, supplies and funds to help out. An architect, quantity surveyor and project manager are being sought immediately to kick off the renovations.
If you think you can help, call Kath Kinneally on 0417 632 982 or Warren Entsch's office on 4051 2220.
To help with fundraising, visit www.kochfoundation.org.au or contact the Dr Edward Koch Foundation on 4031 0145.
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Community help: The local community rallies behind the Jenkins family, George, Tilly, Kim, Molly-Jo and Claudia. Kim has a rare and aggressive brain tumour. Picture: TOM LEE