School kids rally to help mates' dad
By REN LANZONrlanzon@gladstoneobserver.com.au
WHAT were the odds it would happen again, Tony Montgomery's wife, Leanne, asked.
But it did.
Twenty-two years after Tony lost his left leg in a vehicle accident in Beecher, he lost his other leg following a single truck accident near the Comalco Alumina Refinery.
In late May this year Tony, 42, was flung through the windscreen when the truck he was driving left the road and hit a ditch.
When Tony is released from Gladstone Hospital, he will be in a wheelchair.
St John the Baptist Catholic Primary School ? which the Montgomerys' two sons, Lucas, 7, and Riley, 5, attend ? was quick to come to the family's aid.
This week members of the school community were collecting money to revamp the Montgomerys' house and offering to set up working bees to make the home wheelchair accessible.
Leanne said Tony was still coming to terms with what happened and was not keen to speak about matters relating to the accident.
But she said both of them were overwhelmed by the response from the community, particularly by those associated with St John's School.
'They have been fantastic ? we simply can't get over the wonderful support that has been offered to us,' she said.
The school's deputy principal Nic Constable sent a letter to the parents and friends of St John's school calling for assistance for the family.
He said others from outside the school community had also found out about the appeal and were coming forward offering assistance.
Anyone wanting to offer financial or practical assistance is urged to phone Jeff Hopkins on 0419 762 937 or Jenny Whiffen on 4979 4510.