Help­ing out ‘our Coral’

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

Pic­ture: NEIL WEAVERS

CAR­ING FOR CORAL FUNDRAISER: Coral Deen (right) with mates Sharon Beachey and Treveen Page

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