Big scare as mum of five's car breaks down on roundabout
THE Kin Kora roundabout can be a challenge at the best of times. The thought of breaking down in the middle of it with five kids in the car is terrifying.
This was the predicament young mum Lisa Uhlmann found herself in last week.
Lisa and husband David moved to the Gladstone region from the Sunshine Coast in the middle of the recent flood event.
With five kids under seven, it was a big move.
Lisa described the lead-up to the move as daunting.
"I only know a couple of people in town," she said. "I've lived away from friends and family before; I didn't want to feel lonely again.
"David was given an opportunity with work and we thought we'd give it a chance."
Last week, while doing the school run, Lisa noticed something wrong with her car.
"I was at the Kin Kora roundabout and the car broke down mid-way around the roundabout.
"There were cars honking at me and I had all the kids in the car."
I had no idea how I was going to cross the road. I had the twins in the double pram and the three boys
Thankfully a young couple came to Lisa's aid, pushing the car into the middle of the roundabout.
After getting all five children out of the car, Lisa was stranded in the middle of the roundabout.
"I had no idea how I was going to cross the road. I had the twins in the double pram and the three boys," she said.
"I was so grateful when someone offered to help."
It was McDonald's owner Ron Hawkins who came to the family's rescue.
"He organised the police to direct traffic and helped me across the road with all five of the kids," Lisa said.
"Once we crossed the road, a group of mums surrounded me and helped out.
"One even gave me a ride and we got on really well - that's one way to make a friend."
Being new to town, Lisa said it was comforting and overwhelming how the community helped out.
"It was really nice to have people helping out, offering their time without expecting anything in return," she said.
"A lot of good things came out of a stressful situation."