Fundraiser brings lo­cal fam­ily hope

Whitsunday Times - - VIEWS -

WHEN Ethan Davis played on the jump­ing cas­tle at Air­lie’s Club Croc Ho­tel on Sun­day, only the feed­ing tube taped to his face re­vealed the strug­gles this two and-a-half year-old has faced.

For the whole of his short life to date, Ethan has been bat­tling a rare dis­or­der called Con­gen­i­tal Adrenal Hyper­pla­sia (CAH), fur­ther com­pli­cated by a pre­ma­ture birth and feed­ing dif­fi­cul­ties re­sult­ing in fail­ure to thrive.

It was ear­lier this year that Ethan’s mother Tif­fany Enkel­man reached out to the com­mu­nity for help and on Sun­day the com­mu­nity once again an­swered that call. About $700 was raised through the Club Croc Air­lie Beach Fam­ily Fun Day, with a fur­ther $600 from the on­line auc­tion of tick­ets to the Great Moscow Cir­cus over the week­end.

Speak­ing to the small crowd who braved the rain for the event, Ms Enkel­man’s grat­i­tude to “our won­der­ful com­mu­nity” was ev­i­dent. “Th­ese peo­ple have changed my per­spec­tive, given me hope and faith and made me be­lieve there is al­ways some­thing I can do,” she said, pay­ing spe­cial trib­ute to Club Croc manager Nathan Robin­son and the team at Air­lie Amuse­ments for their part in the fundrais­ing day.

On Tues­day, Ethan was ad­mit­ted to a hos­pi­tal in Bris­bane where he will un­dergo surgery to in­sert a per­ma­nent feed­ing de­vice. Money raised on Sun­day and at fur­ther events will go to­wards the costs as­so­ci­ated with this and other med­i­cal needs.

An on­line auc­tion with prizes such as ac­com­mo­da­tion, a reef trip and a three-day pass to the Air­lie Beach Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic is now planned, as well as a dog-wash fundraiser on June 14. Fundraiser or­gan­iser Wendy Downes OAM, said it was im­por­tant for the com­mu­nity to keep up the fight for the fam­ily’s cause. “This is some­thing that’s go­ing to be on­go­ing for quite a long time – he’s not go­ing to sud­denly get bet­ter,” she said.

Dona­tions can be made via the Com­mon­wealth Bank ac­count for Ethan Ste­wart Davis, BSB 064 816, ac­count num­ber 1015 4525.

LIT­TLE BAT­TLER: Tif­fany Enkel­man and Ethan Davis at Sun­day’s Club Croc Ho­tel fundraiser.

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