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Friends Stunned by Matt Golinski’s Progress

December 11th, 2012

Article by Patrick Williams of the Sunshine Coast Daily

New images of burns survivor Matt Golinski surfing the waves off Alexandra Headland are a testament to how far his recovery has come, his supporters say.

Photos snapped by the Peter Hughes Burn Foundation during its workshop for burns survivors on the Sunshine Coast last weekend made it on to the group’s Facebook later in the week.

The aim of the retreat was to bring burns survivors together in an environment conducive to them discussing physical, emotional, social and human interaction issues surrounding their condition.

It was geared towards alleviating and eradicating the social isolation and delivering positive and lasting change to enable them to lead a better life.

Images of Matt catching waves with other friends and burns survivors were shared hundreds of times over social media, accompanied with messages praising them all for their inspirational efforts.

Many marvelled at just how well Matt’s recovery had progressed.

It’s been nearly a year since the fire that claimed the lives of wife Rachael and three children Starlia, Willow and Sage.

The fire destroyed the family’s Tewantin home on Boxing Day and left Matt hospitalised for months fighting third-degree burns to 40% of his body.

In August, Matt vowed to share some of the funds raised for his recovery efforts with other burns survivors, including the Peter Hughes Burn Foundation.

Later in the month, he made his biggest public appearance since the Boxing Day blaze when he ran in the 10km race of the Sunshine Coast Marathon and Community Run Festival.

Peter Everett Speaks Openly About Ex-colleague & Great Friend Matt Golinski

January 21st, 2012

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Matt Golinski, one of the great chefs who worked on Ready Steady Cook with Peter Everett lost his family just after Christmas 2011 to a house fire. His wife Rachael and his 3 gorgeous children Willow, Sage and Starlia were all taken in this awful way. Matt left without his family, his home and third degree burns to 40% of his body – still in an induced coma.
It took a while for Peter to find the words and emotional strength to say what he has said in this video. His love, compassion and thoughts are with Matt Golinski, at this sad time.

There will be a fundraiser held at the restaurant Steel in Sydney in February. Please stay tuned for more information.

I also send my love and best wishes with Matt, words really can’t describe the sadness of something like this. I had Matt when I was a contestant on Ready Steady Cook, and he was such a great energy to be around.

Adrian