Fundraiser a bid for vi­tal surgery

South Western Times - - Front Page -

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.

Pic­ture: Jon Gell­weiler

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