Kasey Edwards - Daily Life
When 23-year-old university student and Commonwealth Games hopeful Tommy Connolly learned of his 16-year-old pregnant cousin living on the streets, he took her in and adopted her.
The story of sacrifice and family values tugged at the national heartstrings. And when Connolly's brother started a crowd-funding campaign to help Tommy support his cousin and her newborn son, people opened their hearts and their wallets.
The gofundme.com campaign raised over $32,000 in 13 days — quickly closing in on the target of $50,000 — with donors describing Connolly as an "angel", an "incredible man" and "Australian of the Year".