Netballers sponsor Kiara
NETBALL clubs across the Clarence Valley have answered a call for help from Grafton couple Gloria and Noel Holmes, who appealed for help in raising their two grandchildren after the death of their daughter.
Kiara, 9, and Sebastian, 5, Perrette moved into their grandparents' small and overcrowded home when their mother, Sheree Holmes died last December.
Mr and Mrs Holmes are both pensioners and their fortnightly allowance is not enough to cover rent and other household expenses, including school camp, netball and other fees.
Northside Netball Club president Annette Lloyd said they would cover Kiara's fees so she could play with them for the year.
However, it was not just Northside Netball Club that put forward the offer to cover Kiara's fees.
A parent, who will be reimbursed by Northside, had already paid for her fees.
The Grafton Netball Association, the body which Northside Netball Club is part off, and Gulmarrad Netball Club, part of the Lower Clarence Netball Association, also offered to do the same.
Kiara said it was a hard time for her and her brother having to move to her grandparents after her mother passed away.
"I am looking forward to playing; I love going to netball," she said.
Kiara has played for two years and enjoys the active side of the sport.
"I want to say thank you to the netball association for paying for my fees."
Sheree Holmes was known as a woman with a big heart and would often take photos at Saturday games to put up on her Facebook page.
Mr Holmes said it felt good receiving so much community help.
"We are ecstatic," he said. "It wasn't what we expected."
*The March 3 article in The Daily Examiner said Mr and Mrs Holmes's son cared for them. This meant lifting, lawn mowing and other chores they cannot do, not as a paid carer.