Fes­ti­val raises $8k

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

MORE than $8000 was raised at last Sun­day’s Anti-vi­o­lence Fes­ti­val to go to­wards Damien Smith’s re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

Damien was found un­con­scious on Grant St in the early hours of Novem­ber 11 with a frac­tured skull and woke from an in­duced coma one month later with brain dam­age and paral­y­sis.

Po­lice are ap­peal­ing to the pub­lic for any in­for­ma­tion on the cause of Damien’s in­juries and in the mean­time Damien’s friend ar­ranged the Anti-vi­o­lence Fes­ti­val to raise aware­ness and fundraise for his re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

Damien’s fam­ily were at the event at the Port Dou­glas Yacht Club last Sun­day where more than 250 peo­ple showed their sup­port.

“I’ve said it a hun­dred times, Port Dou­glas is such an awe­some town to live in and never ceases to amaze me the gen­eros­ity of peo­ple,” yacht club man­ager Richard Sta­ple­ton said.

“Gus­man stuck around all day and did the auc­tions and he never even met Damo.

“I want to thank all the spon­sors and all the peo­ple who do­nated their prizes, we raised $3200 in the auc­tions alone thanks to a lot of gen­er­ous busi­nesses and gen­er­ous pun­ters.”

Damien’s best friend Si­mon Macfie said Damien’s fam­ily had a great day and re­alised the Port Dou­glas com­mu­nity is very sup­port­ive.

“They were pretty well over­whelmed by the gen­eros­ity of ev­ery­body and it got their minds off things for a day and mum Julie was up danc­ing the whole time,” he said.

“One of the yacht club mem­bers won a prize to Low Isles on the cata­ma­ran Bendigo and they ded­i­cated it to the fam­ily, who spent Mon­day snorkelling on the reef - they had a fan­tas­tic day.”

The money will go to­wards Damien’s re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and if the Anti-vi­o­lence Fes­ti­val be­comes an an­nual event, hope­fully next year he might be able to at­tend.

“Damo would’ve loved it,” Si­mon said. “The fes­ti­val just takes a bit of pres­sure off with the re­hab and gives him the best pos­si­ble chance to get back to him­self. “I’d like to thank all the spon­sors and ev­ery­one in­volvedthe yacht club first and fore­most and the bands for ded­i­cat­ing their time and tal­ents.”

Photo by AN­GEL FLETCHER

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