This Family Story from the Sunshine Coast Will Warm Your Heart
A young athlete who took in his teenage cousin when she was pregnant has been overwhelmed by support from his brother and the community after news of the story spread.
While most 23-year-olds in Australia are busy studying, working and socialising (partying), Tommy Connolly put his attention on looking after his cousin, Kiarna, who was pregnant and living on the streets before he took her in.
After watching these events unfold, Tommy’s brother Liam has set out to help by asking the public for support by setting up a crowdfunding page. He says the funds raised would “give Tommy the kick start that he needs and to try and give this little baby boy the life that his mum never had”.
“Tommy doesn’t tell like to tell people this but every week he puts away a little bit of money for our cousin and her baby so that eventually she will have enough to live on her own and take care of them both,” Liam says.
He also explains that their cousin has “lived one of the most traumatic lives imaginable”, and had very little support as both her parents had drug addictions and the father of the child was in jail.
“Without giving a second thought Tommy took her in and spent all his spare time working to get her clothes, medical needs and government assistance,” Liam says.
“He did all of this whilst studying, training and working long hours to make ends meet.”
Tommy actually became the legal foster parent for his cousin in the hopes that he would be able to help her build a better life. In a public post on his Facebook page, Tommy says he and Kiarna are extremely grateful for all the support from everyone that has reached out to them.
He also shares some of the inspiring story in more detail and says that Kiarna is now living in a new place, and taking steps towards a bright new life.
“There’s still a long way to go, but things are on track and she has the opportunity she deserves,” he says in a post that’s been shared over 7000 times.
“When bad things happen, it’s your family that supports you.. It means no one gets left behind or forgotten. I’ve had my family pull my head out of the gutter before… It was time to pay it forward. Family comes first.”
The crowdfunding page set up by brother Liam has raised over $20,000 in nine days, with a total goal of $50,000. Liam says all the funds will go towards creating “a life for a new born baby boy that almost missed out had it not been for my brother Tommy.