One year on, Matt Golinski's eyes on the future

Matt Golinski having a surf at Alexandra Headland thanks to the Peter Hughes Burn Foundation. Taken from their Facebook page.
Matt Golinski having a surf at Alexandra Headland thanks to the Peter Hughes Burn Foundation. Taken from their Facebook page.

MATT Golinski is focusing on the future.

The celebrity chef was unlikely to have looked at the hundreds of tributes that flooded Facebook pages on the first anniversary of the Boxing Day fire that killed his wife and three children and left him severely burned.

Instead Matt continues to "get through every day and look for a positive future", a family spokeswoman said.

"He is not looking back," she said.

"It won't help him or anyone else.

"He is focused on playing it forward."

The official fundraising trust, the Matt Golinski Recovery Fund Trust, also closed yesterday.

"Matt has been very grateful for the financial and emotional support," she said.

"It's never been about getting money for him, which is why he has been giving it away."

Mr Golinski has already donated $100,000 of the funds raised to three burns-related charities.

"He has used his tragedy to help others," she said.

"The money has given him the opportunity to be able to support other burn survivors. He has always been a very giving person."

At least 13,000 people have "liked" an updated photo on the Matt Golinski tribute page, posted on Christmas Day.

Hundreds more have used it as an opportunity to let him know he remained in their thoughts and prayers.

The tribute page is understood to have been started by a Perth woman, unknown to the family, wishing to create a forum for support.

Anyone wishing to engage in further fundraising activities need to contact the Plates for Mates website at


Thinking of you as you go thru this extra sad time may you find peace and may the love of God surround you x - Michele Deaves Harris

God bless you Matt thinking of you sending love - Mary Mansell

God bless Matt thinking off you xxxx - Yanna Vassalakis

You are an inspiration to everyone - Samantha Shaw

Blessings to you Matt and your angels who walk beside you everyday. - Rita Gia Karantzas

Thinking of you today and sending all my love and strength. You are a true Aussie hero and inspiration to all. Your wife and children will be proud of the courage you have shown xxx - Amanda Massie


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