Com­mu­nity digs deep for young boy’s med­i­cal bat­tle

Cent auc­tion raises $8200 for Brax­ton and fam­ily

Dalby Herald - - NEWS - Ebony Graveur [email protected]­by­her­ald.com.au

A CROWD of about

150 peo­ple at the Dalby Leagues Club on Sun­day morn­ing raised $8200 to sup­port a lit­tle boy and his fam­ily.

Hosted by Good­start Early Learn­ing, a cent auc­tion was held to raise funds for fu­ture med­i­cal costs an­tic­i­pated by the fam­ily of six-year-old Brax­ton Rayner.

Af­ter five years of liv­ing with an on­go­ing ill­ness, Brax­ton’s con­di­tion has wors­ened and may re­quire him to un­dergo brain surgery.

Mother Kirsten Rayner said more peo­ple showed up than the fam­ily ex­pected.

“We ran out of seats,” she said.

“When we walked in, I was so over­whelmed by the amount of peo­ple who turned up.

“We’re so grate­ful just to see a small-town com­mu­nity who to this day sup­port us.

“Peo­ple al­ways tell us they’re al­ways here for us, and we’re re­ally grate­ful.”

Good­start Early Learn­ing cen­tre di­rec­tor Kim Wehnam said $8200 was raised dur­ing the week­end event.

“They are a fam­ily friend and when we heard about them get­ting some not-so-great news, we re­ally wanted to get be­hind them,” Mrs Wen­ham said.

“I thought what bet­ter way to show some sup­port than to get the com­mu­nity to­gether.”

The Rayner fam­ily ex­pressed ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the staff at Good­start Early Learn­ing, spon­sors and to Dalby Leagues Club for do­nat­ing the venue.

“It wouldn’t have hap­pened if it wasn’t for ev­ery­body’s help,”

Mrs Rayner said.

The money raised will con­trib­ute to­wards Brax­ton’s med­i­cal bills.

“It could be any­thing – his med­i­cal con­di­tion is al­ways go­ing to be on­go­ing.

“It’s high-cost and con­tin­u­ously so,”

Mrs Rayner said.

❝ When we walked in, I was so over­whelmed by the amount of peo­ple who turned up.

— Kirsten Rayner

PHOTO: EBONY GRAVEUR

SUP­PORT: Brax­ton Rayner, 6, and his fam­ily with the auc­tion or­gan­is­ers from Good­start Early Learn­ing.

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