Fam­ily’s VIP treat­ment

Well-earned break takes stress away

Central Queensland News - - NEWS - Aden Stokes Aden.Stokes@cqnews.com.au

SE­RI­OUSLY ill Cler­mont girl Olena Da­ley has spent al­most a third of her life at the Townsville Ron­ald McDon­ald House – 1000km from home, fam­ily and friends.

The Da­ley fam­ily was able to es­cape on a VIP hol­i­day ex­pe­ri­ence to Cairns last week thanks to In­ge­nia Com­mu­ni­ties.

A lead­ing Aus­tralian prop­erty group, In­ge­nia Com­mu­ni­ties is help­ing Ron­ald McDon­ald House Char­i­ties fam­i­lies cre­ate mem­o­ries and op­por­tu­ni­ties to es­cape the daily stresses they face.

Fiona and Jesse Da­ley, par­ents to four-year-old Braith and one-year-old Olena, were ex­cited to have the op­por­tu­nity to spend a week to­gether ex­pe­ri­enc­ing all Cairns had to of­fer.

“Hav­ing an ill child costs a lot of money, we haven’t been on a hol­i­day all to­gether as we just could not af­ford it – I don’t even know when we last did have one,” Mrs Da­ley said.

“We are eter­nally grate­ful for this fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity from In­ge­nia, ev­ery day is learn­ing to bal­ance fam­ily time and our new nor­mal.

“I don’t have enough words to ex­plain how amaz­ing it was and how grate­ful we were to have an op­por­tu­nity to be to­gether.”

Mrs Da­ley said her favourite part was see­ing the chil­dren en­joy them­selves.

“It was re­ally im­por­tant to Jesse and I that both kids have a re­ally good time be­cause Olena has been through hell and back,” she said.

“She’s had five surg­eries and we spent most of last year and part of this year at Ron­ald McDon­ald House while she was back­wards and for­wards at the hospi­tal.

“For Braith as well, it’s a pretty heavy thing for a three-year-old to try and con­tem­plate what is hap­pen­ing to his lit­tle baby sis­ter and be thrown into a po­si­tion where he is back­wards and for­wards to the hospi­tal and doesn’t know what’s hap­pen­ing.

“It was just good to see both kids hav­ing an awe­some time.”

Re­turn­ing from their hol­i­day last Satur­day, the Da­ley fam­ily en­joyed ev­ery minute of the In­ge­nia Hol­i­days VIP fam­ily ex­pe­ri­ence, which in­cluded seven nights’ stay at In­ge­nia Hol­i­days Cairns Co­conut as well as ex­pe­ri­enc­ing some of Cairns’ tourist high­lights.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

WHAT THE DOC­TOR OR­DERED: Jesse and Fiona Da­ley with Braith, 4, and Olena, 1, in Cairns on a hol­i­day pro­vided by In­ge­nia Com­mu­ni­ties.

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