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Please help a Kiwi family living in Australia

Closed Cause page created in the New Zealanders category by Terri Betts for Marie Howells

$6,750 of $20,000 goal

Given by 49 generous donors in around 6 months


Please help a much loved Kiwi family living in Brisbane - husband has recently been diagnosed with two cancers after being made redundant!

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Thanks to everyone who has donated to this cause so far - you kindness has been so appreciated by the family.

Just to update you all - Owen's treatment has now started and he is undergoing chemotherapy and radiation therapy which will go on for quite a few more months so the ongoing treatment is still placing a considerable financial strain on the family - if we could share this again and see if we can get some more donations to reach our goal that would be amazing - thank you all so much.

Owen Howells, a Kiwi, who was recently made redundant whilst living in Brisbane and was about to relocate to Adelaide to take up a fantastic new job, has just been diagnosed with two types of cancer in his throat and tonsils. Due to the diagnosis the specialists have advised Owen not to relocate and take up the new job as his treatment plan must start immediately and is intensive.

This has put considerable financial pressure on the family, with his wife, Marie, working to support the family whilst also being the main carer for Owen at this time. The emotional and financial toll on this family is huge and it is such unfortunate timing as Owen's redundancy had already placed a financial burden on them.

Owen worked for a number of large Accountancy firms in Auckland's CBD and commuted to the city on the Gulf Harbour Ferry where he made many friends - myself being one of them!

Marie is a much loved and hard-working midwife with a big heart and warm personality who also specialises in Special Care Baby Units. She brings joy to many families delivering their babies, looking after them and supporting new mothers on this new journey. Marie is well known both in Brisbane where she currently works at Ipswich Hospital and in New Zealand, where she worked at the Breast Screening Clinic in Newmarket, was a midwife for many years at North Shore Hospital in Auckland, and at Manuka Street Hospital during their time in Nelson in the South Island. Owen and Marie have two children, Luke and Angharad, who both grew up and attended schools in Glenfield and Whangaparaoa from primary school years onwards.

Please help Marie and Owen in their own fight of their lives by giving any small amount you can which will help them financially. Despite all they are going through - Owen and Marie maintain a positive and loving outlook whilst still being able to see the funny side of things - such as Owen's comment just before undergoing his recent surgery to remove his tonsils - he quipped "well at least I'll get to eat ice-cream!".

These are my friends and fellow Kiwis who need help at this moment in time and I would be so grateful if you can help in any small way.

Terri Betts' involvement (page creator)

Good friend of the family just trying to get them some financial assistance to lessen their worries at this time.

Use of funds

Funds raised will be used to alleviate financial distress due to Owen being unable to work and Marie having to work two jobs to support the family whilst also nursing Owen during his battle with this awful disease.

Latest update

Owen has just had his second surgery  6 December 2019

Posted by: Terri Betts

Hi All

Owen underwent his second major surgery yesterday and all has gone well - think he was being watched over by Saint Nicholas as of course yesterday being the 5th December was Saint Nicholas's Day!

So pleased as this will hopefully mean that Owen, Marie, Luke and Angharad can have a lovely Christmas together putting the worst behind them.

Marie will be nursing Owen through his recovery following this second surgery so I know we all wish them well with this.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the donations you have so kindly given - it has helped Owen and Marie tremendously over the past very hard six months and we now just look forward to hearing that Owen is getting better and stronger each day and that their 2020 will be a much better year than 2019 has been.

Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas with your loved ones and hoping everyone has a Happy and Healthy New Year.

Warm regards


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Latest donations

  • James & Rebecca Robertson

    James & Rebecca Robertson on 16 Aug 2019


    Sending our love to you all. X


  • Belinda

    Belinda on 12 Aug 2019


    Marie and Owen -thinking about you both over here in Pittsburgh, PA- in the good ole USA. :) Lots of love always and best wishes to you both. Lots of good times ahead <3


  • Raveendran

    Raveendran on 03 Aug 2019


    Wishing you a speedy recovery bro. Ravi


  • Phillip Efthimiou

    Phillip Efthimiou on 14 Jul 2019


    All the best Owen! You’re in my prayers my friend.


  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 14 Jul 2019



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