Fundraiser on Father’s Day helps to raise awareness
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.lincolnlyssavirusfoundation.com.au.
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.