Letters from Friends

As we receive them, we’ll record e-mails and letters here:

From: “Robinson, Rosahlena” <Rosahlena.Robinson@originenergy.com.au>

Date: 2 July 2012 10:36:02 PM AEST

To: Rachel Fraser <fraserr@agforceqld.org.au>

Subject: RE: Update on Matthew

Hi Rachel,

Thanks as always for the updates and I always look for your emails. I look forward to lots more better days for Matthew and you all ahead. He’s just been so amazing to get to here and he seems so determined (cranky eyes and all). You must all be so proud of him, as are we. Lots of love and hugs to you all.

Rosahlena x

PS. Loved your comments about superhero’s – there is not one other woman like Di, truly inspiring.


From: Janet Leighton <jleighto@bigpond.net.au>

Date: 28 June 2012 10:40:32 PM AEST

To: Rachel Fraser <fraserr@agforceqld.org.au>

Subject: Re: Update on Matthew

Oh Rachel I so wish I could do something to help Matthew and Di..  They are so much loved by so many people.  I see you have included my son, Julian Leighton , in this email.  Like us all, he is so concerned.  thankyou for including him, Rachel.  He did three years at the Mater, got the Dr. Lars Memorial prize for the best Resident, The Association of Family Practitioners fly him down to help examine G.P.s who want to do that Exam.  Please dont think I am boasting, Rachel, but he is very caring and his heart and mind are going out to Matthew.  It was just great to hear all those specialists from many disciplines are part of a team looking after every aspect of Matthew`s recovery.

It was so lovely that  those close to him were able to talk with him recently.    I loved your sentence when you said that you had ‘” never seen  such a look of love that Matthew gave Di “..   The love that enfolds will surely give him strength, Rachel.  You and Kate have been brilliant   keeping us informed.  We do appreciate that, but know it is an added burden for you. I have get to set up the account on my I phone. but will do that to-morrow.  .  Please give my love to Di, and to your Mum and Dad, Rachel.  Please tell Di we have been talking through you to spare her, but she knows I am a good story –teller with children, and have lots of daughters and older grand-daughters to help distract and entertain them .  The little ones have been to ‘Aunty Jan`s balcony’ here at Southbank to watch fireworks, and have picnics with the extended family.

Rachel. Fr. Peter Kennedy asks every day for news of Matthew and Di.  Like us all, he is stricken with the enormity of Matthew`s illness and so impressed with Matthew`s strength.. Please tell Di he is ready  to come to the Mater and wants to visit Matthew and herself  whenever Di feels it is the time  and when Matthew might welcome that.  If I can facilitate that, please tell me. I keep my mobile on and charging by my bed..

With love and respect for all your strength, Rachel,

Jan Leighton


From: Cheryl Davies <cedavies44@hotmail.com>

Date: 27 June 2012 5:06:58 AM AEST

To: Rachel Fraser <fraserr@agforceqld.org.au>

Subject: RE: Update on Matthew

Hello Rachel,

So excited that I managed to register on Matthew’s blog, just read all about mum’s lucky stone, and loved all the photos.  I did send a reply so hope that I have done it correctly, I’m not all that knowledgeable on computers so am experimenting.  Hope Matthew has had a better day.  Rachel I hope you are getting a little time to yourself as well, take care as it is a most draining time for you and the family.  My continued loving support from afar is always with you all.

Love and prayers, Cheryl.


Hi Rachel

I am a friend of Diane and Matthew (I actually played in a mixed netball team with you at Lang Park in what seems like a lifetime ago but understand if you don’t remember me – I was Monique Abercrombie then). I have been in contact with Di this week and actually saw her and Emily for a brief chat at the Mater yesterday morning.

Firstly, let me say how incredibly sorry I am for your family that you have had to endure what you have in the past couple of weeks – I can only begin to imagine how you must be feeling and can’t fathom how I would be in a similar situation with my younger brother.  By the same token, you are so very blessed to have such a caring positive family and as I said to Di yesterday, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Matthew in a story on 60 minutes in 10 years time having done something inspiring like conquering Mt Everest – he’s that kind of guy and will be strongly supported all the way !

The reason for my email is to ask whether you are happy for me to have access to the blog about  Matthew’s progress which I understand you’ve set up and if so, could you please let me know the username and password. I would also appreciate it if you could let me know whether you are happy for others to have access or whether you’d prefer it was restricted ?

When I saw Di yesterday, she said the only things they need right now are prayers and cards which she can show to Matthew when he wakes up.  I have and will spread the word with our friends about those 2 requests but if there is anything else which is needed, please don’t hesitate to let me know.

Many thanks and love and prayers to you and your family

Monique Blundell


From: Bancroft, Craig

Sent: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 03:43 AM

To: ‘fraserr@agforceqld.org.au

Subject: Matthew

Hi Rachael,

I am an ex URS colleague of Matthew’s and just heard the news.

Firstly I do not expect a response from you as I know the communication job is full on and I do not need to take up any of your valuable energy. I get updates through the URS team.

No words seemed sensible but  I just wanted to let Matthew and his whole family know that we think about him and all of you every day and  include him and you all in our prayers.

Stay strong, keep up the good work and we wish for the best outcome.

Take care

Craig Bancroft – BMA


From: Claire McMahon <mcmahoncm@hotmail.com>

Date: 26 June 2012 11:51:25 PM AEST

To: Rachel Fraser <fraserr@agforceqld.org.au>

Subject: Update on Matthew

Hi Rachel

First of all please don’t apologize for not responding – nobody expects you to. I’m sure it must be very hard for you to continue to send updates on Matthew’s progress especially if the day hasn’t gone so well but it is much appreciated.

No doubt as you and your family ride the roller coaster you are finding it pretty tough – the highs being high and lows  very low.  Enjoy the highs as they will give you the strength to keep going.

With Matthew being the young man that he is it is certainly no surprize the he comes from such a loving and caring family.  Diane and Matthew are lucky to have each other too – they really are a special couple.

My thoughts and prayers remain with you all as you continue to love and support Matthew on this journey.

All the very best.

Love Claire


From: anthony lea <anthonyandgwen@hotmail.com>

Date: 26 June 2012 12:44:13 PM AEST

To: Rachel Fraser <fraserr@agforceqld.org.au>

Subject: RE: Update on Matthew

Hi Rachel,

Thank you for the updates.  You are doing such an awesome job.  That is such wonderful news about Matthew.  He, Di and all of you are all inspirational and amazing people.  It is a privilage to be in your lives.

I have sent a request to the blog (from leafamily) for the private access.  I hope that this is ok, if the blog is for family only that is fine.

You are all still continually in my thoughts.  Please let me know if there is ANYTHING I can do.

Gwen x


From: “Bindinganavile, Balaji” <Balaji.Bindinganavile@originenergy.com.au>

Date: 25 June 2012 2:13:34 PM AEST

To:fraserr@agforceqld.org.au” <fraserr@agforceqld.org.au>

Subject: Matthew’s updates

Hi Rachel,

I am Matthew’s work colleague and have work for Matthew and alongside Matthew for a few years now. I cannot express in words, how deeply I am affected looking at your email that you sent as an update on Matthew’s condition. The email was forwarded to me by a good friend of mine (Graeme Bartrim), who is in my team. I am not sure what to say as I am lost for words and still recovering from the initial shock of Matthew’s health and now the latest update from you on his condition as of last week. Can I ask you to please include me on the blog site so that I am informed on Matthew’s progress and would like to contribute in whatever way possible to be part of renovating Matthew.

With sincere prayers.

Warm regards,

Balaji Bindinganavile
Environment and Sustainability Manager

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