How you can help

by Jules on 17/05/2013

in Whip-Up

There has been overwhelming love expressed here in the past few days for these two amazing children of Kathreen and Rob and today a trust fund for their future was established.

For their daughter Otilija and son Orlando, two gorgeous, sweet, gentle and brave kids who were  loved, cherished and adored by their parents.

The family would like to express their gratitude to everyone who donated to the trust fund for the children. Your generosity has touched them deeply, and is truly appreciated.  Kate

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1 trash May 17, 2013 at 10:10 am

Online crafty people are good people.


2 Lori May 17, 2013 at 11:55 am

Thank you for providing these details. This community is so good to each other in times of need. I hope the family will be able to feel that support as time goes on.


3 Rachel Wolf May 17, 2013 at 12:19 pm

My heart simply aches.

I made a button (HTML here – that links to this page. Feel free to share, fare and wide. Holding Kathreen’s kids in love and light.


4 Francesca May 17, 2013 at 12:44 pm

thank you Jules for coordinating all this.


5 Quinn May 17, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Thank you for getting this underway and keeping people informed.


6 Kathryn Vercillo May 17, 2013 at 5:33 pm

Happy to see the generosity and care in the face of this tragedy. Hugs.


7 Jessica Fealy May 17, 2013 at 5:55 pm

Such a great idea to set this up so people can ‘do’ something – thank you!


8 corrie May 17, 2013 at 6:29 pm

done and shared. Thank you for organising this. Thinking about the family was the first thing I did this morning.


9 Dolores May 17, 2013 at 7:52 pm

Thanks for organising this. Can people pay by Paypal if they have an email address? I thought that was all that was necessary?


10 Jules May 18, 2013 at 1:22 am

Hi Delores
This has now been established.


11 Minna May 17, 2013 at 11:26 pm

So grateful to be able to help in some small way xx


12 Lee May 18, 2013 at 5:33 am

Sadly I didn’t know about Kathreen and her blog until today, I am a fellow blogger in NZ and read about the terrible tradgedy over at Poppy Talk. My heart and prayers go out to her family, especially her two beautiful children.



13 Lisa Wood May 18, 2013 at 6:59 am

So very sorry that this had to be set up, but so very grateful that there is a way to help. Shared xxx


14 Gizelle Salame May 18, 2013 at 5:21 pm

Thanks for setting this up. As always the community generosity comes together at a great but tragic time. My love and support is with the family and many grieving friends whom this family touched the lives of. Love Gizelle


15 Michele Pacey May 18, 2013 at 10:01 pm

Thanks so much for putting this together. Posted about it now too. Hugs, Michele


16 lisa May 18, 2013 at 11:35 pm

my heart is so very sad for this family. what an incredible loss to many!
she was an inspiring factor in my creative endeavors.
thanks for passing along the information so I can help. lisa


17 Janelle May 19, 2013 at 2:21 am

Helped out as much as we could x


18 Nancy May 19, 2013 at 12:22 pm

What a terrible tragedy. Kathreen was the most amazing inspiration to me. I’ve been following “Whip Up” it seems forever. I Sincerely Hope there is some way all of the Blog’s collective posts can remain in cyberspace for a long long time so we can enjoy and remember her. I can’t think of too many people whose reach has been so global, so inspiring so bright and joyful. A life well lived, albeit way too short. Rest in Peace.


19 Anne Pyke May 19, 2013 at 8:56 pm

Thank you for setting this up I feel so sad for the children and will miss her crafty blog


20 Karen Wheatley May 19, 2013 at 11:22 pm

Hi Jules,

You are amazing for the kindness of heart you are showing to help Otilija and Orlando. Who knows how this will affect them for the rest of their lives but with love and support I can only pray they get through this to a manageable threshold of loss in time to come. My heart is aching for these two beautiful children as I write through my tears feeling so bad to be relieved that it wasn’t us.
We have just finished an inspirational two year adventure around the country and were exactly where Kathreen and Rob were, almost exactly 1 year ago. I see my own two children in the faces of Otilija and Orlando and I am completely overwhelmed with grief. There simply are no words that I can string together under these circumstances. All I can think of right now is that we need to help in any way we can.
We built a website on our travels which will be officially launched very soon and we would like to help in some way. We aren’t exactly sure yet, in what capacity, but are committed to finding a way that we can assist via our website a way to help with the childrens’ educational future. If you have any suggestions please feel free to contact us, we welcome feedback, especially as time progresses and circumstances may change for their requirements.

Kind Regards
Karen Wheatley


21 Nathan May 20, 2013 at 1:03 am

One special night many years ago, a few friends had a social gathering in Kingston. As we sat at the table laughing and drinking, something beautiful seemed to be happening at the end of the table… Rob and Kathreen only had eyes for each other and were more or less ignoring the rest of us. They were like wide eyed little kids discovering their new bestest friend for the first time. Flirting and playing and giggling together. Love was in the air that night and two soulmates had found each other. Whilst I am deeply saddened by this tragedy, I take solace knowing that this love has been passed down into Tilly and Orlando. RIP Rob and Kathreen, you will be missed.


22 Leith May 21, 2013 at 2:50 am

Thanks Nathan for sharing that story. There are so many things as individuals we dont know about our dear friends. Yet collectively the bits are filled in like a rich and colourful mosaic. These stories are also very important to give to Otilija and Orlando. I value very much such stories people left for me and my children after my husband died suddenly. Thanks.


23 Donna Hume May 20, 2013 at 7:01 am

I’m a friend of the McPhersons, who were with Rob and Kathreen when this occurred. Thank you for the opportunity to contribute.


24 Leith May 21, 2013 at 2:56 am

Thanks Donna for posting. As a friend of Kathreen and Robs I was very reassured to know that Orlando and Otilija were not alone when their parents died – that they had the company of people they were already friendly with. I know I am not alone in this feeling. The community I am part of here in Canberra feel the same way. It must have been a dreadful experience for the McPhersons too – I think I speak for many when I ask you to pass on my deepest gratitude as well as my hope that they are also able to recover from the trauma they must too have experienced as events unfolded that day. The ripples flow out wide – much further than any of us realise I suspect. Thanks again.


25 Veronika Mihalj May 20, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Thank you for setting this up, I would like to contribute and send all my love to the family. Kathleen and Rob I admired very much, your creativity and joy for life. It is within your children, may it live on forever! I am so saddened by this loss. Veronika Mihalj


26 Madi May 21, 2013 at 6:07 am

My heart goes out to Otty & Orlando!
They were such nice people!
When their niece called me and told me the awful news I was shocked!
Thankfully they have such a great family!


27 happy zombie May 21, 2013 at 4:08 pm

Thank you for establishing this, Jules! My heart is unbearably heavy, and I’m so comforted by you being there, and you making it possible for us to Do Something. XXXOOO!!


28 Alice May 21, 2013 at 10:12 pm

We will absolutely be contributing to this. Kathreen and her family’s activities and adventures brought much joy to our household. I hope that when O and O are a bit bigger, all the joyful times they’ve had with their parents will shine on their lives like a beacon of hope and comfort.


29 Tava/Yarnmama May 22, 2013 at 1:04 am

I have been unable to stop thinking about the children and how they must ache for their parents.
I am happy that there is this opportunity to help in some way. Will this fund stay open? I will be able to contribute in a month or so and don’t want to lose the chance. My whole heart goes out to them.


30 clare May 23, 2013 at 1:30 am

It was wonderful to have something concrete to be able to do when our whole being aches for the children and the hole in the world. I have been thinking of nothing else. Please let us all know if there is any other co-ordinated effort, such as a quilt for each of them, so that we can show them our love in a tangible way to comfort them right now.
Thank you


31 Victoria May 25, 2013 at 12:28 am

I only just learned of Kathreen’s and her husband’s passing tonight, and am in such shock over the news, and heartbreak for her beautiful children. Thank you for organizing this. I have shared a link on my blog. Kathreen gave our crafting community so much, I hope that we can return the favor.


32 Immy May 25, 2013 at 8:26 pm

As a resident of coral bay/Exmouth I want to express my shock and sadness of the loss of Kathreen and Rob. I did not know them but can see from Kathleen’s blog what a loving family they were. I have 2 small children who are just getting into craft and am now inspired to learn more from her blog. This is such an unbelievable tragedy. Our hearts go out to their children. Will b donating.


33 Jenn May 30, 2013 at 9:02 pm

My heart is breaking. I have received so very much in reading and experiencing Kathreen’s blog; her gentle spirit, her way of seeing things, all impacted me so greatly. I am glad I can give something tangible, even if it’s only money. It can never compensate for what she and these glimpses into her life gave me.


34 Francine Johnson McGee June 8, 2013 at 10:51 pm

I have made a small donation, I wish it could be bigger, but with the power of the internet if we all donate what we can, It will add up to something that will make a difference to these children and the rest of their families. It is so sad to have lost such a wonderful creative force. I will be keeping all in my prayers. I am going to post something on my blog. I don’t get a lot of traffic yet, but perhaps someone will see it and make a donation, or a send a prayer.


35 Jenny June 13, 2013 at 1:03 am

Hi, I actually tried to purchase a copy of action pack about 1 month ago and I was just chasing up why I hadn’t arrived when I saw the news. What a tragedy. Could anyone tell me if the money I paid can go to the children? I can’t stop thinking about them.


36 Julie July 30, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Such a terrible loss. My heart goes out to Otilija and Orlando.

FYI: I just tried to make a contribution via PayPal (from the US) and was unable. July 30, 2013


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