Waikiki’s Bates family in emotional episode of Matt and Kim to the Rescue

Waikiki’s Bates family in emotional episode of Matt and Kim to the Rescue

A WAIKIKI family of six will feature on Matt and Kim to the Rescue on Sunday night .

It is a renovation which will dramatically change the lives of the Bates family.

Russell Bates recently overcame a long battle with kidney cancer. His wife Amber continues to home-school their four children – Ethany (12), Xavier (11) and Imogen (8) who are autistic and Addison (6) who was born prematurely with oral dyspraxia, chronic lung disease and cerebral palsy.

The family home was a 1950s beach shack which was tiny, asbestos-ridden and dilapidated.

Mr and Mrs Bates bought the land close to the beach with the intention of one day knocking it down to build their dream home. However, caring for their four children, combined with a succession of medical downturns, meant the bills took over and their renovation plans were put on hold.

Late last year, the Matt and Kim team stepped in to make their dream a reality.

“You’ll fall in love with the Bates family,” Matt said.

“They are an amazing bunch who have remained positive despite all of their hardships.

“Their house was in desperate need of repair and we needed to turn it into a home fit for a large family.

“This renovation didn’t come without its share of problems.

“You would think building during summer would provide some peace with the weather.

“Well, think again.”

In an emotionally charged 90-minute special, the Bates’ family home will be transformed, with some heart warming surprises along the way.

Former Australian Test cricketer Mike Hussey will meet the family for a game of beach cricket, and Paralympic sailor and gold medallist Graeme Martin OAM will take the family to Rottnest Island by yacht.

The renovation involved 200 tradies and around 70 WA companies.

“It reminds me of simpler times when the world was a little slower and we had more time to care for each other,” Kim said.

“That’s all we are trying to do with this show – to provide a platform for people to care again.”

The renovation will be on Channel Nine at 7.30pm.