Donation makes a splash in Jessi’s world
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.
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.