Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

TRAGEDY SPARKS BID TO HELP KIDS Mattdriven to Make a Difference after MH17 Tragedy

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

TRAGEDY SPARKS BID TO HELP KIDS Mattdriven to Make a Difference after MH17 Tragedy

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Byline: Gemma Westacott

PEREGIAN Springs resident Matthew Horder is on a mission to ensure the death of both his parents in the Malaysia Airlines Flight17 plane crash results in something positive for his family and the wider community.

July18, 2014, was a dark day for Matthew and his family when they awoke to the devastating news that both Howard and Susan Horder had been killed, along with all of the other 296 passengers on board, when their flight home from Amsterdam was shot down over Ukraine.

The friendly couple from Albany Creek in Brisbane had strong ties with the Sunshine Coast, regularly visiting their son and his wife Holly and beloved grandchildren, Sophie and Joshua, and holidaying at the Mooloolaba Esplanade Caravan Park three or four times a year.

It was also their final wish for their ashes to be put at sea just out from the caravan park, which is something Matthew and his two brothers honoured in a private ceremony last year.

However, Matthew is resolute that he will use the tragedy as motivation to make a positive and lasting difference in the lives of many other families.

As part of an ambitious fundraising effort, he has already raised $7850 for Mater Little Miracles and hopes to reach $10,000 by May when he will trek the Great Wall of China in his parents' memory.

"When news of Mum and Dad's flight broke that fateful morning, there is one phrase that sticks in my memory - 'no survivors'," Matthew said.

"HOW do you recover from that? The simple answer is, you don't," he said.

"It is fair to say that none of us are the same people we were before all of this happened. We all carry a psychological and an emotional instability that is a direct result of our grief and the circumstances.

"All we can do is to look after Mum and Dad's interests, try to go about our lives as best we can and, in my case, try to help others less fortunate than us."

In May, Matthew will spend five days trekking the Great Wall of China as part of his fundraising efforts to support Queensland's sickest and most vulnerable babies at the Mater Hospital and research into stillbirth. …

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