Hepburn Burras FNC president, Jason Dooley, has started a GoFundMe project for club netball stalwart, Maddy Kelly and her partner, Sam Burns, who have found themselves with an instant family of four children as a result of tragic circumstances.

Sam’s sister, Corrina, had taken her four children to South Australia in an attempt to escape domestic violence. Sadly, she took her own life last April while her children were at school. Sam was aware of Corrina’s situation but was prevented from visiting to support her by border restrictions in place last year.

Sam travelled to South Australia to visit the children after his sister’s death. He initially took custody of the of the older children but now has custody of the younger children as well. He and Maddy have agreed to raise the children at their home in country Victoria and have initiated formal adoption proceedings.

Jason said, “I think it’s just awesome what Maddy and Sam are doing. They’ve stepped up and said, ‘We’re doing this’. It’s very brave of them but they’re committed to those kids.”

You can help Sam and Maddy support these beautiful children by making a donation through the GoFundMe page.


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