Helping out ‘our Coral’
THE whole Douglas Shire community is invited to a fundraiser on Saturday afternoon to help support one of our finest in her hour of need.
From the time Coral Deen first arrived in Port Douglas more than 25 years ago with three little children in tow, she has been an active part of the Port Douglas community.
But after years of selfless contributions it is now Coral who could do with some help as she battles lung cancer.
From a very young age Coral took on the responsibility of helping with the care of her siblings after their mother left.
Her father Eddie relied on her to help prepare meals, clean and look after her youngest sibling Ravina who was nine months old and Coral a mere nine years of age.
Through the years Coral and her father formed a great bond and she still keeps the verse he penned for her - Our Little Mother.
In 1987 Coral joined her husband Bob, who had travelled from Brisbane to start work on the Sheraton Mirage Resort, and while times were tough the family lived happily at the Pandanus Caravan Park for the first few years.
Coral soon found work cleaning the dongas and building sites around Port Douglas and after several years started her own business.
Coral was instrumental in establishing the Douglas Netball Association and has been an active member since its humble beginnings in 1991.
Her enthusiasm and encour- agement helped establish a very competitive netball association for the region which coaches juniors, umpires senior competitions and teaches umpiring, with her love and dedication to the DNA earning her a life membership.
Over the years Coral has helped raise funds for families faced with a crisis or victims of a serious illness as well as the Port Douglas Surf Lifesaving Club, the bushfire brigade, the Leukaemia Foundation and the Port Douglas Neighbourhood Centre.
The community can now show their support for Coral, by making donations, purchasing raffle tickets or attending the Care for Coral fundraiser at the Central Hotel beer garden on Saturday from noon-4pm. Live music with the Gusman, monster raffles, a sausage sizzle and much more.
CARING FOR CORAL FUNDRAISER: Coral Deen (right) with mates Sharon Beachey and Treveen Page