Anti-vi­o­lence fes­ti­val for fam­ily

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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