Lions over the Moon for kids

Campaspe News - - NEWS - By VIVIENNE DUCK

ROCHESTER Lions Club be­lieves ev­ery child de­serves a sport­ing chance and its cur­rent project hopes to pro­vide ex­actly that for two chil­dren with ex­ten­sive health con­cerns.

‘‘The club is con­duct­ing a sports fo­rum with no­table sport­ing iden­ti­ties with pro­ceeds to as­sist a lo­cal fam­ily whose two lit­tle girls face a life­time of health prob­lems,’’ or­gan­iser Bruce Ma­jor said.

Rochester’s Car­men and Stacey Moon dis­cov­ered their youngest daugh­ters Felicity, 3, and Eliza, 2, dis­played ab­nor­mal signs soon af­ter their birth.

‘‘Felicity was suf­fer­ing from Hy­dro­cephalus, or wa­ter on the brain,’’ Mr Ma­jor said.

‘‘Brain surgery to re­lieve the pres­sure iden­ti­fied a pre­vi­ous brain bleed slow­ing both her phys­i­cal and men­tal devel­op­ment.

‘‘Eliza had trou­ble feed­ing from day one and af­ter test­ing it was dis­cov­ered she had Di­ge­orge Syn­drome where a chro­mo­some had not formed cor­rectly.

‘‘This brought on a range of health prob­lems for her in­clud­ing de­layed growth, dif­fi­culty feed­ing, breath­ing con­cerns, fre­quency of in­fec­tion due to no im­mu­nity and more.’’

To add to the worry, Eliza was found to have two holes in the heart ne­ces­si­tat­ing open heart surgery early last year.

Both girls face a life­time of health prob­lems, many of which can­not be treated un­til their teenage years.

Mr Ma­jor said god par­ents to the girls Janelle Crock­ford and Colin Harvey ap­proached Pool Ezy in Echuca who quickly came to the fore with a do­na­tion of an in-ground pool for the Moons.

‘‘The pool will as­sist the girls with their phys­io­ther­apy, help strengthen their mus­cles and gen­er­ally make life a lot eas­ier for the whole fam­ily,’’ he said.

‘‘Rochester Lions have come on board with the project and are seek­ing to raise funds to as­sist with the installation of the pool, fencing, coun­cil per­mits and ma­te­ri­als such as sand con­crete and pavers for the pool sur­rounds.

‘‘Much of the fundrais­ing will em­anate from a sports fo­rum fea­tur­ing the in­fa­mous Run­ning Man.’’

David Eadie has been com­pet­ing at an elite level for over 25 years in­clud­ing run­ning, iron­man, triathlons, cy­cling and most re­cently ul­tra marathons.

Per­haps the most ex­cit­ing is his par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Bad­wa­ter 135 Ul­tra Marathon through Death Val­ley.

Join­ing David will be Rochester’s own Brad McEwen, pop­u­lar Na­tional news­reader with Channel 10 and sports jour­nal­ist and Rochester’s ‘‘tough­est’’ foot­baller Dave Wil­liams.

The evening, called Giv­ing Kids A Sport­ing Chance, will be held at the Rochester Bowls Club on Wed­nes­day, July 4 start­ing at 7.30pm.

Tick­ets are $20 with sup­per in­cluded.

A num­ber of do­nated items will be auc­tioned on the night and door prizes for lucky au­di­ence mem­bers.

An ex­tra on the night will be a dis­play of the lat­est ad­di­tions to the John Forbes sport­ing col­lec­tion.

Tick­ets are avail­able through Rochester Newsagency, Rochester Sport­spower, Rochester Mitre 10 or con­tact Bruce Ma­jor 5484 1652 or Car­men Moon 0427 849 918.

Photo:Luke He­mer

FIGHT­ING CHANCE— Car­men Moon with her youngest daugh­ters Eliza and Felicity not long af­ter Eliza had heart surgery in 2017. Now the girls are be­ing sup­ported by Rochester Lions.

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