Fundraiser a bid for vital surgery
Guest of honour Toby Scheffner will tear up the dance floor at the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre with St Mary Primary School mums Caroline Burton, Janine Stewart, Denica Gibbs, Tennille Panuccio and Zoe Marwick at a cocktail fundraiser tomorrow. Money raised will help Toby fly to the USA for surgery to free him from a life of pain and walking aids.
An army of mums from St Mary’s Catholic Primary School have rallied behind Bunbury toddler Toby Scheffner, as his family prepares to travel to America for life-changing surgery.
The three-year-old was diagnosed with Spastic Diplegia Cerebral Palsy at 10-months old, which causes his leg and are muscles to continuously contract.
The surgery, which will cost the family upwards of $130,000, will free Toby from a life of pain and allow him to walk unaided after years of intense physio.
Upon hearing about Toby’s story, fellow school mum Janine Stewart was inspired to organise a fundraiser to help alleviate some of the financial burden.
“I proposed the idea to a few other school mums who got straight behind me,” she said.
“Claire and Kyle were really determined to work and save the money themselves ... they didn’t really want people to go out of their way to raise money for them, but I managed to talk them into it.”
With a host of businesses across the South West throwing their support behind the cause, the St Mary’s Mums will present an evening of entertainment at the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre on Friday at 6.30pm. The cocktail themed event will include live music, auctions, raffles and dancing.
“It is going to be a really fun night for a great cause,” she said.
“It is a great opportunity for everyone to get together for an end of year catch up and support Toby’s will to walk.”
Tickets are available at bunburyentertainment.com.