Navar Herbert, 22, depart on Tuesday shortly after marrying Maia Falwasser in a love-filled ceremony in front of their closest family and friends. The rugby player, from New Zealand, was diagnosed with a brain tu-mour just months ago, however his condition quickly worsen. The video was shared on a GoFundMe page set up by Maia to raise money so the family could fly Navar’s back to his hometown of Otorohanga, New Zealand, where the 22-year-old asked to be laid to rest.
Today my heart is heavy and sad, I lost my best friend, Husband and the Father to our Son. I feel absolutely showered in LOVE by friends and family, this is a hard time, however i do find my strength and refuge in everybody’s support. Navar’s Journey has just begun, shortly we will be taking him back to Kotahitanga Marae, where he has asked to be laid to rest. He has impacted so many people near and far, and he will always be in our memories and have a special place in our hearts.
The couple have an 11-month-old son Kyrie, who was there to witness the special moment his parents tied the knot on Monday, the New Zealand Herald reports. The footage shared by Maia shows Navar being assisted by his family to get ready for the big day, as he sits in an armchair. He is then taken to the ceremony in a wheelchair.
As Maia walks down the aisle and greets him, Navar says: ‘Hello my wife, hello my baby. I love you’. The couple and their guests are in tears as they exchange their vows and rings, and swear to ‘be partners for life’. After the ceremony, a group of men performed a moving haka to the couple, before coming up to congratulate them on their union.
Navar’s rugby club, the Nerang Bulls, have organised a celebration of his life today and have been fundraising to help with costs to bring him home.
Rebecca Marsh – Oh my Such a beautiful yet tr-agic love story. I was teary eyed through the whole video and the dame broke when all their friends paid tribute with a traditional Haka So emotional. RIP
Laufau Laulu Kirkham – In this life, nothing can compared how precious time is to ALL of us. God created us, and HE can take it back. We ALL cherish our family & friends who’s apart from us. So sad but at the end, we will see them in afterlife. God bless your heart! Cheers to the Newly Wed
Irene H. Gee – What a beautiful LOVE STORY yet such a sad one too. The Haka by the friends was such an loving & emotional tribute to the special couple was a tearjerker for me.
May he RIP and love for his wife and son
Sangeeta Vivek Ghimire – I am blessed that my husband is healthy and just beside me. Really makes me appreciate the blessings around me seeing how they’ve suffered. It’s sad!