Dona­tion makes a splash in Jessi’s world

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Inge Hansen inge.hansen@whit­sun­day­times.com.au

FOR Jessi Clarke, of Can­non­vale, hav­ing a pool in her back­yard wouldn’t just be a treat. It would be life chang­ing.

The 12-year-old has se­vere cere­bral palsy and is un­able to walk or talk.

Last Satur­day, Jessi re­ceived a $1000 dona­tion from Reef Gate­way Ho­tel’s cour­tesy bus via driver Trev Neill to go to­wards con­struc­tion of the pool to help with re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

Carer and close friend of Jessi, Paula-Jean Hovey, said a pool would be ideal for ther­a­peu­tic pur­poses and “pure fun”.

“We’re ex­tremely grate­ful and the Reef Gate­way have been ex­tremely sup­port­ive,” she said.

“Most of the lo­cals who drink here have put their hand up to help build her pool so this is where it’s all started.”

Do­na­tions are tips from the cour­tesy bus. With $6000 of $10,000 raised, Jessi’s mum, An­gela Duffy said sup­port had been heart­warm­ing.

“Once (Jessi) gets (the pool), we’re all in trou­ble be­cause we’re go­ing to have her in it all the time,” she joked.

To make a dona­tion visit www.go­fundme.com/ back­yard-blitz-pool-for -jessi.

PHOTO: INGE HANSEN

GEN­ER­OUS: Carer Paula-Jean Hovey, Jessi Clarke, Jessi's mum An­gela Duffy with Reef Gate­way Ho­tel cour­tesy bus driver Trev Neill with the $1000 do­nated to­wards Jessi's pool.

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