Tweed travellers hope to get Balinese family back in business
TWO Tweed residents are holding a fundraising evening to help an under-privileged Balinese family get back on their feet and back on the road.
Chris Murray from Tomewin and Rafe Penington from Pottsville were passengers in the Balinese family's four-wheel-drive which had been borrowed by an American tourist, a guest at the family's homestay hotel.
Chris said the American driver ran off the road, colliding with a concrete pillar before rolling down a hill.
"I had a broken humerus in six places and Rafe, a suspected broken neck. We were airlifted back to Australia two-days later for treatment," he said.
"The American driver, and his girlfriend, escaped unharmed and did a runner without paying for his accommodation or the four-wheel-drive, which was a write-off," Mr Penington said.
"The Balinese family, who run The Baji Family Homestay in a remote location well-known to surfers, needs the vehicle to pick up and drop off guests," he said.
"Without the vehicle, their business can't operate so they have no income and cannot even make the payments on the four-wheel-drive which was still being paid off," Mr Murray said.
"We wanted to raise some money to try and help them and are holding a benefit at Pottsville Beach Community Hall tomorrow night from 6pm.
"Rafe and I will deliver the money personally to the family on August 13 when we stop-over in Bali on our way to teach English in Japan. We also plan to set up a website and update everyone on where the funds went and how the family is going."
Live music will be performed by local bands - The Occasional Blisters and 4 Play at the fundraiser. Local businesses have also lent their support to the fundraiser.
Tickets are $5 at the door.