Chris Rohrlach, the hero of the ABC documentary 'A Good Man', died suddenly in this April.
Chris leaves behind his quadriplegic wife Rachel and a 5 year old son Liam. Caring for Rachel at home is labor intensive and extremely expensive. But if Rachel is moved to a nursing home, young Liam will lose his mother as well as his father.
This fundraiser will go towards buying Rachel a van with specially fitted rear access. This will enable Rachel to be mobile and do all the things Chris helped her do.
When Chris was 22, his fiancee Rachel had a stroke. She was left quadriplegic, unable to move her arms and legs or even speak. But for Chris, Rachel was still 'Rachel' and he insisted on marrying her.
Rachel was pregnant at the time of the stroke and the baby miraculously survived the trauma. Despite her serious physical disabilities, Rachel was an active and loving mother to her son Kieron. When Kieron was 14 years old, Rachel fell pregnant again (another miracle!). Meanwhile Chris found himself battling chronic drought on their small farm in northern New South Wales. Desperate for a second income, Chris decided to open the first legal brothel in the nearby country town. That year of Chris' life became the subject of the film 'A Good Man'.
The title was very apt. For all his larrikin mischief and his mad venture into the sex industry, Chris Rohrlach was a deeply moral man. He showed enormous commitment to Rachel and abandoned the brothel when it became clear it was impacting his family life.
Chris Rohrlach was much loved, much admired and much needed. When he died suddenly of a heart attack, he left behind a devastated family and shocked friends. There were 500 people at his funeral, and not one dry eye.
The community has rallied around the Rohrlach family- but they need your help. All funds raised will go towards helping Rachel stay at home and be a mother to Liam. Chris would have wanted it that way.