Gayndah folk make their MARK
FROM pig races to a mystery auction, the Gayndah community backed the launch of the MARK Foundation.
Chairwoman Kellie Millington said the foundation, named after her son, was an acronym for what the family held dear: Moulding and Advocating Resilient Kids.
The MARK Foundation, set up in memory of her son, had already sponsored Eidsvold youth to attend a boxing tournament in Rockhampton on the weekend, she said.
“Just over 12 months ago, our family life changed. On a normal Monday morning, our beautiful son Mark took his life,” she said.
Depression, anxiety and bullying were factors for the teen, who “hated bullying and would put himself in front of others to defend them”.
“It’s easily said, but not until now easily spoken of,” Mrs Millington said.
“Masking illness well was an everyday occurrence (for him).
“Our power is to honour Mark and to try to prevent another family going through the pain we’ve been through.”
Gayndah Bakery owners Tanya and Michael Eisel sponsored one of the racing pigs, nicknaming him Bread and Butter, and later bid on him to win in the calcutta.
Bread and Butter did bring home the bacon, $1320, with all the money returned to the MARK Foundation.
GOOD CAUSE: MARK Foundation chairman Kellie Millington hands over the winnings of the pig calcutta to Gayndah Baker owners Michael and Tanya Eisel.