Whit­sun­day com­mu­nity gets be­hind boy’s bat­tle to beat brain can­cer

Whitsunday Times - - CHILL -

WHILE Cody Gibbs bat­tles brain can­cer at Lady Ci­lento Hospi­tal in Bris­bane, the Whit­sun­day com­mu­nity is ral­ly­ing be­hind him in his home town, Ju­bilee Pocket.

Cody, 11, was di­ag­nosed with a rare tu­mour on the pineal gland in Oc­to­ber af­ter suf­fer­ing from se­vere headaches.

Since then, mem­bers of the Whit­sun­day com­mu­nity have come to­gether to en­sure he and his fam­ily have all the sup­port they need while he re­ceives ur­gent med­i­cal treat­ment.

One such show of sol­i­dar­ity is Cody’s Car­ni­val, a fundraiser which will be held on the grass be­hind Ju­bilee Tav­ern this Sun­day from 10.30am.

Ray White Whit­sun­days of­fice man­ager and co-or­gan­iser Zoe Skin­ner said Cody’s mother, Donna Gibbs, had worked for the real es­tate com­pany for more than three years.

So when she and hus­band Dwayne left their home, jobs and el­dest daugh­ter Tia for Bris­bane to be by Cody’s side, Mrs Skin­ner said “there was never a ques­tion” that they would help out.

“Many peo­ple in the com­mu­nity know Cody and his fam­ily. This is where the com­mu­nity does come to­gether amaz­ingly in so many as­pects,” she said.

The car­ni­val is set to mir­ror Cody’s fun-lov­ing na­ture with a jump­ing cas­tle, wa­ter­slide and pony rides to name just a few at­trac­tions.

Wrist­bands will be on sale pro­vid­ing all-day ac­cess to sev­eral of the at­trac­tions, how­ever, prices are yet to be de­ter­mined.

Sev­eral hair­dressers will be at­tend­ing to do cre­ative braids and funky head shaves amid live en­ter­tain­ment and a sausage siz­zle.

And with Christ­mas just around the cor­ner, even Santa will be mak­ing a visit.

Silent auc­tions and raf­fles will run through­out the event with prizes in­clud­ing bun­dles from BIG4 Ad­ven­ture Whit­sun­days, Seabreeze Car­a­van Park and Pin­na­cles Re­sort Whit­sun­day.

Other prizes have been do­nated by Ocean Raft­ing, White­haven Ex­press, Reef­s­tar Cruises, Sor­rento Restau­rant and Bar, Fish D’vine and Hem­ing­ways Restau­rant.

Mrs Skin­ner said many busi­nesses had not just do­nated prizes, but also their time and ser­vices.

All pro­ceeds from Cody’s Car­ni­val will go to the Gibbs fam­ily as he re­mains in med­i­cal care. Con­tact Zoe Skin­ner on 4948 8521 or


■ Sun­day, De­cem­ber 16, 10.30am–5pm

■ Grassy area be­hind Ju­bilee Tav­ern

■ Free en­try, cost of at­trac­tions to be ad­vised

zoe.skin­[email protected]­white.com for more in­for­ma­tion or to make a do­na­tion to this event.

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