$10 000 raised for fallen security guard in 24 hours
AN OUTPOURING of financial support has reached the family of Gympie Hospital security guard Carl Lowrie who died suddenly at work on Sunday after a scuffle with a patient.
Carl's daughter Sharni Lowrie set up a Go Fund Me page on Tuesday to raise money for her widowed mother.
Sharni was overwhelmed with the response after the original goal of $7500 was reached in 12 hours, and now, another 12 hours later a total of $10 370 has been raised from 154 individual donations.
The target is now set at $12 500.
"I am so grateful. Every dollar counts in helping my beautiful Mum so whatever you can give, please know it so appreciated," Sharni posted on the Go Fund Me page last night.
"Thank you from of the bottom of my heart.
"The huge financial support from the community is another testament to a man who "always had a smile a big smile face."
Those who knew the much-loved father and husband have expressed their condolences on the social media:
Read the comments here:
"I am so sorry for your loss. For the past 8 weeks I have had to visit the hospital twice a week , and over that time I have had the pleasure of witnessing this wonderful man's helpful caring people person nature. He always offered help to those in need and had a chat to brighten someone's day. He will be dearly missed for sure."
"I am so shocked to hear what has happened. I worked with Carl at Gympie hospital. He was always so warm and friendly and a pleasure to be around. Even though it wasn't far, he used to insist on walking me back to my house after late shifts. He did a great job and was taken far too soon. Sending my love and thoughts to his family at this sad time. R.I.P."
"The security there was so good to my at the Gympie hospital. I stayed in the Red Cross house there when my husband was in the hospital. Sometimes I would wonder down there late at night and felt safe thank you security staff."
"I knew this beautiful man from working at Gympie Hospital. So sad and our thoughts are with your family rip CARL."
Thinking of you all.. RIP Carl, one in a million.. so full of love and pride, your cup truly did 'runeth over'. Never forgotten..xo
THE daughter of the Gympie Hospital security guard who died on Sunday after a scuffle with a patient has described him as an "angel" and her "hero".
Carl Lowrie, 45, died of a suspected cardiac arrest minutes after he fell to the floor during the struggle at about 10:30am.
Mr Lowrie's daughter Sharni Lowrie spoke out in tribute on Facebook.
"My beautiful Dad was taken from this world at just 46 years of age while protecting the staff of Gympie Hospital," Ms Lowrie said.
"The pain we all feel is indescribable and the road ahead is long and uphill.
"I love you so much Dad. I will continue to make you proud for the rest of my life.
"You were so loved by so so many and you made such a beautiful impact on this world.
"You were an angel on earth and now you are an angel in heaven."
Ms Lowrie has set up a Go Fund Me page to raise money for her widowed mother.
"My Mum will not be able to return to work for quite some time and this tragedy has more than just emotional effects," she said.
"I have set up this page to try and ease some of the stress from my Mum, so she can fight this battle and take as much time as she needs without having to worry about financial stress as well.
"I hope no one ever has to experience this kind of pain.
"Any donation big or small will be much appreciated in this long and painful uphill battle."
The page has already collected $4905 of the $7500 target, with 70 people donating within 7 hours.
Anyone wishing to donate can visit gofundme.com/24s552z8
Gympie Ambulance officer in charge Wayne Sachs said Mr Lowrie was well loved by staff.
"He was very popular amongst the ambulance staff," he told the Gympie Times.
"He was always there to lend a helping hand when required.
"He was always very helpful and chatty and nice to talk to."
Queensland Health and police are continuing investigations.
Police are expecting a few more days wait before they know the cause of death.