Hard times

Judy Han­cock, Corowa

Field and Game - - RECOIL -

I have never pur­chased a shoot­ing mag­a­zine in my 72 years of life and was sur­prised at how in­ter­est­ing the ar­ti­cles are and the good qual­ity of your mag­a­zine; loved the 10 rules of shoot­ing – aren’t these more or less the 10 rules of living?

My rea­son for buy­ing it was to find an ad­dress to send this letter to. It is in re­gard to our grand­son Brett Jukes who had a ter­ri­ble car ac­ci­dent eight weeks ago and has been left quad­ri­plegic with lit­tle progress so far.

He is still on a res­pi­ra­tor and has a se­ri­ous in­fec­tion. Brett did his ap­pren­tice­ship with Ibis Clay Tar­gets at Barham and then moved on to work at Rive­rina Earth­works of De­niliquin.

I feel many shoot­ers would know Brett and would un­der­stand the ter­ri­ble blow it is to a young man not to be able to shoot or fish or camp or go out in the boat on a Sun­day.

His fam­ily and friends are still com­ing to terms with this and he will need months of care be­fore he can even come home, and heaps of on­go­ing re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

Even­tu­ally his part­ner Ebony Storm, a very strong lov­ing girl is hop­ing to have a house to care for him in the Barham/ Wakool District. His par­ents Mark and Kristen, brother Mitch, sis­ter Holly and Ebony’s par­ents Shane and Jan are work­ing to­wards this as well.

The peo­ple of Barham and sur­rounds have nu­mer­ous fundrais­ers un­der­way, for which we are very grate­ful. Brett’s aunty in New Zealand has started a Gofundme page in his name. Many peo­ple have shown sup­port in this way and she is hop­ing to raise $50 000 for his re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

We are so proud of Brett and what he has achieved so far and know when he is re­cov­ered enough he will go on to con­trib­ute in some way.

If any­one can help in any way, it would be much ap­pre­ci­ated.

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