JARED Hossack was a dad who made sandcastles for his daughter, a stepdad who playfully hosed his blended family on the trampoline, and a funster who liked to sink a few balls on the basketball court.
His sudden death from an asthma attack in late February has left his fiancee, Annie, and their family not only heartbroken but also facing an uncertain future financially.
Unable to return them what they have lost, Annie's best friends have put their heads together to help in a practical way.
They have planned a fun fundraiser, Jammin' for Jared, at the Beerwah Sports Grounds on March 25 to ease some of the financial pressure the family will continue to face for some time.
An online fundraising account previously established by Annie's sister raised more than $10,000 in 24 hours to help the family with funeral expenses and organisers hope people's generosity will continue at the Jammin' for Jared event.
One of Annie and Jared's friends, Andrea Day, said Annie was coping but missed the love of her life.
"It's going to take a while,” Ms Day said.
"She's a rollercoaster of emotion.
"We were all hoping Jared would walk back in the door. The kids are finding it hard as well.”
Jared and Annie had been due to marry three months to the day he died.
The couple shared one daughter, Everly Grae, and Jared was a loving stepdad to Annie's other three children, Dylan, 12, Asha, 9, and Braydan, 7.
Annie runs a small Instagram business, Gumnut Bubs, selling accessories for mums, dads and babies, but Jared had been the breadwinner for the family.
The Jammin' for Jared event will run from noon until midnight and will include basketball play-offs, a kids' goal competition, and raffles and auctions or donated goods such as goggles signed by 2016 Dakar Rally winner Toby Price, a signed Jason Akermanis jersey, holidays, electrical items, products and services.
Go to Jammin' for Jared on Facebook for information.
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