Long road ahead for Dave

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

SI­MONE An­der­sen wants to thank the Whit­sun­day com­mu­nity from the bot­tom of her heart.

The lo­cal mother of two has spent the past two and a half months hop­ing her hus­band Dave will pull through af­ter a tragic boat­ing ac­ci­dent dur­ing the Easter break.

Mr An­der­sen suf­fered sec­ond de­gree burns to 90 per cent of his body but has fi­nally left an in­ten­sive care unit, mov­ing to a burns ward in Bris­bane.

Mean­while, Mrs An­der­sen has been buoyed in her dark­est hours by the sup­port her fam­ily has re­ceived from their home com­mu­nity.

Sev­eral fundrais­ers held un­der the ban­ner What a Dif­fer­ence a Dave Makes have raised about $42,000 for the An­der­sen fam­ily.

Fam­ily friend and What a Dif­fer­ence a Dave Makes com- mit­tee mem­ber Paul Atkins said it was im­por­tant the com­mu­nity con­tin­ued to help dur­ing what was sure to be a long road to re­cov­ery ahead.

“David’s phys­io­ther­apy and re­cov­ery is go­ing to be on­go­ing for a con­sid­er­able amount of time and th­ese things aren’t all cov­ered by health in­sur­ance,” he said.

As part of the fundrais­ing ini­tia­tives, a 12-month 18m berth, do­nated by Abell Point Ma­rina owner Paul Dar­rouzet, will be sold for the best of­fer. The berth is suit­able for an 18m mono­hull or 12m catamaran and the pack­age in­cludes park­ing and elec­tric­ity.

Bids can be made by phon­ing Mr Atkins on 0400 067 989 or through www.face­book.com/whatad­if­fer­encea­dav­e­makesfundraiser.

MAK­ING A DIF­FER­ENCE: Heather Jamieson and mas­cots sup­port­ing the An­der­sen fam­ily.

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