In August 2012, Corporal Luke Tamatea – a young Kiwi and father to three young girls – lost his life serving our country in Afghanistan.
Following his sudden and tragic death, the New Zealand Fallen Heroes Trust was established to support the families of our country’s fallen, wounded and injured heroes.
Today, the NZFHT continues to support the Tamatea family – mother Jolene, and daughters Kyla, Nikita and Kaytlen – by providing them with the assitance and resources they need to lead full lives.
Through education grants and funding for medical care like orthodontic work, the Fallen Heroes Trust is able to help Luke and Jolene’s three daughters achieve their goals, dreams and aspirations.
NZFHT Chair Baden Ewart says Luke’s death was one of the driving factors behind the establishment of the trust.
“Their story and loss is one of the key reasons we became engaged in this in the first place,” Baden says.
“I’m honoured to be able to help them enjoy their childhood despite the tragic loss of their father.”
Jolene Homburg recently wrote to Baden, telling him how well all three of her and Luke’s girls are doing in school.
“We recently had parent teacher interviews, and I was extremely proud to have all of their teachers compliment me on how amazing our daughters are,” Jolene wrote.
“They try their best and all three are kind, caring and respectful – as a mum, I can’t ask for anything more.”
Detailing their achievements, a proud Jolene said they’re all accomplishing great things in school, and are kept busy by their various sporting pursuits.
“Kaytlen is currently representing the Bay of Plenty in netball and had her first tournament in Te Awamutu where her team won all five of their games,” she said.
“I’d like to once again thank you for all of your support – without it, these opportunities might not be possible for my girls.”