Anti-violence festival for family
DAMIEN Smith’s family have travelled from Tasmania to be with him and to help raise money for them an anti-violence festival is being held in Port Douglas.
Damien’s best friend Simon Macsie said he is basically family and has been there for Damien’s mum, sister and two teenage daughters in their time of need.
“His family are just waiting to see what happens, they’re obviously shattered, he is still in intensive care pretty much on life support and we’re all just hanging in,” he said.
“We’ve been mates for about 30-odd years so we’re pretty much like brothers and as his best mate I’m the closest person to him and that night he had had a few out on town.“he was running amok because he was going back to Tassie for his 40th birthday that week.
“I’ve said to him lying in his hospital bed, You should’ve gone home you stupid bastard’.”
Simon said his best friend is always happygo-lucky, knew every joke in the world and tries to make everyone feel good.
“He hasn’t got a bad bone in his body,” Simon said. “He’s larger than life, always got a sense of humour and a big smile on his face, pretty carefree and really easy going.”
Damien’s condition has been a rollercoaster, the second week he developed complications with blood clots but the doctors have been taking him in and out of his induced coma and he is responding.
“The last time they pulled him out (Monday) he nodded his head a couple of times when his daughter asked questions and he responded to them, which is good,” Simon said.
“But he got agitated so they put him back into an induced coma again.”
The anti-violence festival hosted by the Port Douglas Yacht Club will help raise money for Damien and his family and raise awareness about stopping violence.
“Whether violence occurred that night or not, the anti-violence festival is to raise awareness to how easy it is to end up in his condition if you get into a fight,” Simon said.
“As a family we are not too concerned about the ifs, buts, or why and how it happened, we’ll leave that to the police. I’ve lived here a few years and it’s a lovely place and people are friendly and we want to keep it that way and everyone should get behind the festival and support Damo’s family.”
The anti-violence festival is next Sunday, December 11, from midday, $10 entry with prizes and live music and all money raised goes to Damien Smith and his family.