The Western Star - - FRONT PAGE - Jorja McDonnell jorja.mcdonnell@west­ern­

THE road to re­cov­ery will likely be a long one for 17-year-old Ethan Kirk­bride, who was paral­ysed from the neck down af­ter a se­ri­ous car ac­ci­dent.

He has been in in­ten­sive care at Princess Alexan­dra Hos­pi­tal for al­most two weeks with mother Joanne by his side, and the peo­ple of Roma have backed him too.

A GoFundMe page was set up to help on Novem­ber 1, and re­ceived an im­me­di­ate re­sponse from the com­mu­nity.

Marc Ben­son, Ethan’s boss at McDon­ald’s Roma started the cam­paign and said the re­ac­tion had been phe­nom­e­nal.

“I launched it at around 1.30am on Fri­day and in nine hours it had raised over $9000 and been shared more than four hun­dred times.”

The tight-knit crew at Mac­cas were dev­as­tated by the ac­ci­dent but Mr Ben­son said it was im­por­tant to rally be­hind one of their own.

“He’s a great young guy who’s been with us since he was 14, and this is the least we can do for Ethan and his fam­ily.”

“It’s go­ing to be a long road and they will need all the sup­port we can give when they come home.

“I know Joanne has al­ready been so touched and is ap­pre­cia­tive of the do­na­tions.

“Right now I want to en­cour­age the com­mu­nity to get be­hind this – keep push­ing and keep shar­ing.”


HELP FOR ETHAN: A GoFundMe has been set up to sup­port the re­cov­ery of 17-year-old Ethan Kirk­bride.

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