A family friend worked tirelessly for 48 hours non-stop to secure a new house and land package for Kelly Wilkinson’s family and the three young children left behind.
A mystery donor, who wishes to be remain anonymous, kindly offered up the land for the children’s aunt and uncle to build a new home for their growing family of 10.
Ms Wilkinson’s badly burnt body was found on April 20 in the backyard of her home in Arundel on the Gold Coast, after neighbours reported hearing screams and the sound of an explosion.
Her former partner Brian Earl Johnston, 35, was found two blocks away on a front lawn in a ‘semiconscious state’ and was later charged with her murder.
Ms Wilkinson’s three children aged between two and nine, who were at home at the time of the alleged attack, have since moved in with their selfless aunt Danielle Carroll, who has five children of her own.
Construction entrepreneur Tamika Smith, who is the stepsister of Ms Carroll’s husband Rhys, launched an appeal on Wednesday afternoon to secure a house and land deal to build a new home to accommodate the family of 10 who are currently crammed into a four bedroom home.
On Friday night after fielding hundreds of calls, texts and emails, Ms Smith finally received the call that would turn her dream into a reality.
A generous Good Samaritan, who wishes to remain anonymous came forward and offered the block of land needed to build a bigger home.
‘Getting that phone call I did absolutely have tears running down my cheeks, down my face,’ Ms Smith told the Gold Coast Bulletin.
‘It wasn’t like “yes we won” or anything like that, it was just this real sense of peace knowing I did what I had to do and perhaps what I was meant to do for those kids. There’s a sense of accomplishment that comes with knowing you’ve done your job.’
Ms Smith said her stepbrother and his family are ‘beyond thankful’ for the donor’s generosity.
Sleeping arrangements have spilled into the loungeroom at the Carrolls’ four bedroom home since they took in Ms Wilkinson’s children.
‘The family is overjoyed, they couldn’t be happier,’ Ms Smith said.
The location of the land has not been disclosed to respect the family’s privacy.
Construction giant Metricon and more than 30 other suppliers are understood to have joined the campaign led by Ms Smith.
Ms Smith now looks forward to seeing the dream come to fruition with the ongoing support of the community.
‘We need this family and our community to know that this is more than just a house,’ she posted on Instagram.
‘This home is a pillar of what we are capable of when we come together. And as an industry, we won’t bury our heads in the sand when it’s time to stand up.’
Ms Smith also recalled the sleepless nights and long hours she endured into securing the house and land package.
‘There has been politicians phoning, the media has got behind this also, conversations until midnight with every segment of our community and in sheer frustration I said to one politician – “just get me a bloody block! We let down Kelly, we will not walk away from those kids”,’ she wrote on Sunday.
‘The love that has emerged in such tragic circumstances has shown that the entire industry is not ok with domestic violence.
‘Having the uncomfortable conversations meant that we lift the veil on the experiences we once deemed shameful, and can begin to address the fundamental flaws not only in a culture, but in our laws which let a family down.’
Meanwhile, a GoFundMe appeal set up by another of Kelly’s sisters, Natalie Wilkinson, to help the children is nearing $300,000 in donations.
More than 4,800 people have so far donated to the fundraiser, which has a target of $1million.
Ms Wilkinson’s estranged husband has been charged with her alleged murder.
He was formally refused bail with his case to return to court at a later date.
Source: Thanks msn.com