A young Bowral family is reeling after young mum Bridget Munro suffered a massive unexpected seizure and died in the lead-up to Christmas.
At the start of 2023, Bridget and Adrian Arciuli welcomed their second child, Margot, into the world.
Last week, Adrian, Margot (seven months) and her older sister, Gracie (3), buried Bridget.
Friends and loved ones have rallied around the young family, hoping to ease their burden ahead of Christmas.
“This was completely unexpected and has had a devastating impact on those who loved her,” friend Liam Condon said.
“The community and those who love Archy and the girls are now working around the clock to raise money for the family, as their lives look completely different.
“The hope of raising this money is that it will give them time to grieve without additional financial stress.”
Bridget was born in Campbelltown and raised in Canberra. She studied journalism at UTS and graduated in 2013.
She met Adrian in 2014 while he was working for Channel 7 and she was working for Sky News.
They married in 2019 in Canberra, and had their first child, Gracie, in 2020, then Margot in 2023.
Adrian grew up in Albion Park, where he ran the local football club for more than a decade.
The Albion Park Football Club, led by Michael Oliveira, is hosting a community football fundraising day this Saturday (16 December).
“Adrian’s always the first to stand up and do something for others, so we want to do the same for him,” Mr Oliveira said.
“We want to bring everyone together to help Adrian and the girls through Christmas, and show them all the love and support they need is out there.”
The event will kick off at 4 pm at Terry Reserve and has drawn support from football teams all over the Illawarra.
The afternoon includes a match between Albion Park Select and the Community League All Stars, raffle prizes, an auction and kids’ activities.
“We’ve got a lot of high-end items in the auction: concert tickets, sports memorabilia, signed Matildas shirts and things like that,” Mr Oliveira said.
“Really, we just want as many people there as possible.”
All proceeds from the event will go to support Adrian, Gracie and Margot.
Just 10 days before her death on 22 November, Adrian and Bridget celebrated their fourth wedding anniversary, sneaking out for their first solo date since Margot was born.
“It’s hard to fathom this was the last photo I will take of my soul mate,” he said in a social media post announcing Bridget’s death.
“Her beauty, her bubbling personality, her warmth, her spirit, her compassion and so many other things made her one of the best people on this planet.
“Our lives will never be the same and our hearts have shattered into a million pieces.
“We will celebrate you and honour your legacy by making sure we raise our beautiful girls Gracie and Margot to be just like their amazing Mummy.
“My darling Bridge, I will love you forever.”
If you can’t make it on the day but want to support the family, Adrian’s childhood friends Nathan and Daniel Smith have set up a GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/f/in-memory-of-bridget-munro