Festival raises $8k
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.”
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