Donations for family of man killed in tree-lopping accident

IN MOURNING: Daniel and Brodie Wickham’s children Leonidus, Crucias and Melisande have been left without their loving father. The inset shows the kids fishing with their dad.
IN MOURNING: Daniel and Brodie Wickham’s children Leonidus, Crucias and Melisande have been left without their loving father. The inset shows the kids fishing with their dad. Contributed Rokwickham

THE Central Queensland community has rallied around the family of 30-year-old Daniel Wickham, who was tragically killed in a workplace tree-lopping accident on Monday.

A family friend of the young Rockhampton family, Jess Burton, said Daniel's wife Brodie Wickham and children Crucias, aged one, Melisande, three, and Leonidus, five, were overwhelmed by the outpouring of kind messages and donations from the community.

Ms Burton, who lives in the Hunter Valley and knows the family through a mothers' group, has started a GoFundMe page to raise money for the family.

"I started the fundraiser on Tuesday and so far we have raised just under $4000," Ms Burton said.

"The community has really jumped on board to support them.

"The biggest donation we had (yesterday afternoon) was $200 from Ray White Rockhampton but, in saying that, every donation means a lot. Every little bit helps."

Ms Burton said had set a target of $5000 to try to help the family stay on their feet, but overnight an anonymous giver donated $20,000 to the fundraiser. 

"I wanted to start it because Dan was self-employed and didn't have a superannuation fund. The money we raise is all the family has; they have nothing else to live off.

"When Cyclone Marcia hit, Dan and Brodie went out of their way to volunteer to help and offered people a place to say. It's nice to see the community giving back to a family that gave so much.

"I'd just like to thank everyone for all of their donations and lovely messages of support."

So far, $24, 495 has been raised by 100 people in three days and the fundraiser has been shared 526 times on Facebook.

Satori Skin and Body Management also donated a 90-minute free massage, valid for the entire 2016 year.

When The Bulletin spoke with Brodie following the tragedy, she described Daniel as a true Aussie bloke and very decent with good values.

"He was doing everything he could to make ends meet and give the kids a better life," Brodie said.

"We lost our house in the cyclone so he started up his own business to help us get back on our feet."

Brodie said the couple had lost a baby in the early stages of pregnancy not long before Marcia destroyed their Yeppoon rental home.

She said she had been supported by family and friends since the tragedy, but also wanted to thank members of the community who had also reached out to her after hearing the news.

Daniel's funeral will be held at 10am next Friday at the Rockhampton Crematorium.

To help remember the life of Daniel, a wake will also be held at 2816 Emu Park Rd with the Wickham family encouraging attendees to come "Dan style"; barefoot or in flip flops.


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