Fundraiser on Fa­ther’s Day helps to raise aware­ness

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

THE first Whit­sun­day fundraiser has been held for the fam­ily of an eightyear-old boy who died from Aus­tralian Bat Lys­savirus on Fe­bru­ary 22.

Lin­coln Flynn was be­lieved to have been scratched by a bat late last year, con­tract­ing the rabies-like dis­ease, for which there is no known cure once symp­toms present.

Since his death, Lin­coln’s par­ents Michelle Flynn and Colin Boucher have told their story on the national 60 Min­utes pro­gram and es­tab­lished a Lin­coln Lys­savirus Foun­da­tion (LLF) to raise aware­ness of the dis­ease and en­sure oth­ers do not suf­fer the same fate.

On Fa­ther’s Day, Whit­sun­day res­i­dents had their first chance to sup­port the fam­ily and their cause at a ‘Lin­coln Long Lunch’ hosted by Deja Vu restau­rant, Air­lie Beach.

The lunch fea­tured a show by chameleon-style en­ter­tainer Mark An­drew, who im­pressed the crowd with his ren­di­tions of Dean Martin, Buddy Holly, Austin Pow­ers and Elvis.

Event or­gan­iser Tracey Lord said the event was a sell-out, with 85 tick­ets sold.

“That’s all we could fit, but re­ally we could have sold it three times over, we had so many calls,” she said.

At the time of go­ing to press the to­tal amount raised had not yet been tal­lied but Lin­coln’s mother Michelle Flynn said $530 had come from raf­fles alone.

“Th­ese ones [fundraisers] in the ini­tial stages, we don’t ex­pect to be get­ting sheep sta­tions out of – it’s all about get­ting the mes­sage out,” she said.

Ms Lord said the LLF mes­sage was about know­ing what to do if bit­ten or scratched by a bat and not about bat erad­i­ca­tion. She said other Whit­sun­day events were in the pipe­line “so stay tuned”.

The next Mark An­drew show for LLF will be held at the north Mackay Bowls Club on Septem­ber 20.

For more in­for­ma­tion on events and ABLV, visit www.lin­colnlyssavirus­foun­da­

RAIS­ING AWARE­NESS: En­ter­tainer Mark An­drew with Lin­coln's mother Michelle Flynn and event or­gan­iser Tracey Lord at the Lin­coln Long Lunch fundraiser, held on Fa­ther's Day at Deja Vu in Air­lie Beach. The event was also about rais­ing aware­ness of Aus­tralian Bat Lys­savirus (ABLV), which claimed the life of eightyear-old Lin­coln Flynn in Fe­bru­ary this year.

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