Gayn­dah folk make their MARK

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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.

PHOTO: SHIRLEY WAY

GOOD CAUSE: MARK Foun­da­tion chair­man Kel­lie Milling­ton hands over the win­nings of the pig cal­cutta to Gayn­dah Baker own­ers Michael and Tanya Eisel.

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