Photo by Jon Sturge.
Photo by Jon Sturge.

Welcome to the house of love

It’s not every day that a community bands together to build a house for one of their own, but that’s exactly what the little town of Bangalow did when one of its rugby players broke his neck.

Richard Allen was playing for Bangalow three years ago when a tragic accident left him a quadriplegic. His fellow players, friends, family and the community established the Richard Allen 14 Fund (his rugby number was 14) and two-and-a-half years later Richard, his wife Kylie and their daughter Clover have now moved into their new purpose-built home.

“The change it has already made to our lives has been extraordinary and while we’re still settling in an unpacking, having a home purpose-built for Richard is already making a huge difference to how we function as a family,” Kylie said. “The continued challenges we face on a daily basis are made easier being in this wonderful spacious home.”

To thank the many people who donated money, time, in-kind support and labour, Richard and Kylie are having a house warming party this Saturday, November 28, at the new pad – 7 Paperbark Pl, Bangalow – from 1-6pm. There will be tours of the house, food and drinks provided, and a jumping castle for kids.


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