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Margaret's living a nightmare. Her cancer prognosis is terminal and Covid 19 flight restrictions are preventing her from getting home.

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Margaret was fulfilling her dream of working in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand as part of the RSE Scheme (Recognised Seasonal Employee). She had been working and earning enough to support her family in the Solomon Islands, until a mysterious lump brought her dream to a nightmarish halt.

At just 28 years old Margaret was diagnosed with an aggressive form of B Cell Lymphoma in January this year. Thankfully, treatment in New Zealand was possible through her insurance cover and the prognosis was good.

However, with in a short time of Margaret completing what appeared to be a successful course of chemotherapy, the aggressive form of lymphoma has come back.

Now, with no insurance cover for further treatment and time running out, her only wish is to return home to her family, even knowing that there is no treatment available in the Solomons.

A large amount of work by her employers Gourmet Paprika, and Gourmet Blueberries and the Solomon Island High Commission resulted in having Margaret booked to fly home last Thursday, September 3, transiting through Brisbane.

Imagine the shock, finding out 10 minutes’ drive away from the Auckland International Airport all flights had been cancelled and with Auckland in lockdown they had no option but to turn around and do the long drive back to Hawke’s Bay.

With no immediate flights on the horizon and an insidious cancer that doesn’t care about time or Covid restrictions, this beautiful young woman is now faced with more uncertainty.

Her savings are gone and prior to her uneventful flight home she incurred a medical bill for radiation therapy that was given to try and halt the tumour short term.

We hope that somehow, we will find a way to get Margaret home very soon.

By giving to Margaret’s Give a Little page you can help pay her hospital bill and ensure there are enough funds available to cover future costs incurred in the precious time Margaret has left with us.

Trudy Kirk's involvement (page creator)

I am Margaret's Pastoral Care Coordinator and I have been by her side throughout her cancer treatment. I will continue to advocate for her until we manage to get her safely home to her loving family.

Use of funds

The donations will pay her hospital bill and ensure there are enough funds available to cover her future costs.

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Margaret is Home!  17 October 2021

After putting in countless hours, over recent months, by many people endeavouring to get Margaret home to the Solomon Islands, it has finally happened!

Margaret arrived in Honiara on Thursday afternoon in a RNZDF Hercules. She is now in quarantine and we are hopeful her mum will soon be able to join her.

Margaret is over the moon about being home and feels incredibly privileged and humbled by everyone's donations and effort to make it happen.

Special thanks must go to Shamina @ Gourmet NZ, Tim @MBIE, John @ Solomon Island High Commission and of course the NZ Defence Force who were able to make the flight home happen.

Many others endeavoured to get her home previously, but trying to coordinate connecting flights proved difficult. Skyline Aviation and the NZ Air Ambulance team put in many hours also only to have a connection fail at the last minute. The kindness shown by everyone has at times overwhelmed Margaret. We are already missing her, but knowing she is now home and will soon be with her family is the most amazing feeling. 💖😘

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Loek and Ria
Loek and Ria on 30 Sep 2021
May God keep you forever in His care,
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Miriam
Miriam on 23 Sep 2021
Hope you get home soon.
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Trudy Kirk

Tagio tumas lo kaed fala hart blo ufala fo helpm mi en surportm mi. Prayer blo mi waitm ufala everytime. Margaret💖

Trudy Kirk
Daniel
Daniel on 22 Sep 2021
Thoughts and prayers
$5
Trudy Kirk

Tagio tumas lo kaed fala hart blo ufala fo helpm mi en surportm mi. Prayer blo mi waitm ufala everytime. Margaret💖

Trudy Kirk
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Guest Donor on 22 Sep 2021
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Trudy Kirk

Tagio tumas lo kaed fala hart blo ufala fo helpm mi en surportm mi. Prayer blo mi waitm ufala everytime. Margaret💖

Trudy Kirk
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Guest Donor on 21 Sep 2021
$30
Trudy Kirk

Tagio tumas lo kaed fala hart blo ufala fo helpm mi en surportm mi. Prayer blo mi waitm ufala everytime. Margaret💖

Trudy Kirk

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