Fulfilling the wishes of Palliative Care Patients


Fifty year old Damion (Chuck) Matene, from Pukekohe, has had a recent diagnosis of cancer and the prognosis is not good. In the time left to him his wish is to spend it making memories with his children and his wife Denise. Chuck and Denise have 6 children, 5 of them ranging from 6-16 who live at home. They are a very close family. On approaching Race4Life his comment was that if he could do anything it would be to do a scenic Rail trip and go fishing with his children one last time. So the family are off to Coromandel on Tuesday 28th Feb!

Fullers have generously gifted this family of 7 a return ferry trip to Coromandel. The Coromandel Township have been extraordinarily generous towards the family. Chuck and his whanau have a real treat in store!!!!They have been gifted a two night stay at the “Top of the Hill” Bach owned by Nikki and Rob. The Driving Creek Railway has granted Chuck his special wish with a family pass for the family. And to top it off Tom from Coromandel Fishing Charters is treating Chuck and his children to a fishing adventure together one last time.

That is not all!! The family will be spoilt with a Waterworks pass and have been gifted meals from all over Coromandel. A big thank you to Stan, from The Top Pub, who has gifted the family dinner on Tuesday evening. This meal is extra special as it will be a birthday dinner for Kyle, one of Chuck’s sons. Lunches at Admiral Arms with host Kevin, and Eleanor’s Success Café will go down a treat. The Family will also get to sample the famous Coro Pies thanks to Pat!

Thank you to 4square Coromandel who are filling in all the gaps with treats and goodies. 
Michael from Coromandel Discoveries, has offered to be the family chauffeur throughout the weekend, and will transport the family to wherever their itinerary takes them!

Coromandel is simply an amazing community, pulling together, in such a generous fashion, to help Chuck and his family make some great memories. 

We wish this special family a wonderful time away together.