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OUR STORIES

In 2015 Rally for a Cause was formed - this was a response to the sad news that two of our Fraser Coast families were impacted by circumstances no one wants to have to deal with, particularly not for our children.  Cooper and Jesse became the faces of Rally for a Cause and the first recipients of funds raised through the inaugural Dunga Derby. 

Since then, thanks to the funds raised through the annual Dunga Derby and the generosity of the local community and beyond, the charity has gone on to help and support many more Fraser Coast families.

These are difficult times for these families - the things that matter and make life just a bit easier for them are not always huge – financial and practical help are great, but what is often overwhelming for many of them is knowing they are part of a community that CARES!

With the utmost respect to the charity recipients we'd like to share just some of their stories........

OUR SUPERHERO

Known to us as Captain Cooper  - Cooper Eli Christensen “Forever 6”.  It was news of brain cancer that struck without warning that made close friends take action to “do something”.  Even though they couldn’t heal Cooper, they could create a way of supporting this Fraser Coast family. Rally for a Cause was formed and Dunga Derby created.

Little Cooper passed away only weeks before the first Dunga Derby, but he remains in our hearts and watches over us.

In Hervey Bay there is a memorial “Coopers Walk”, which provides a great place for time out and reflection and Coopers Journey continues through his mum and dad and their support for Brain Cancer Research.  

The Christensen family now continue their support of Rally for a Cause and we even have Cooper’s grandad along each year! Of course, Cooper is there too “watching over all in the Dunga Derby”. 



JESSE

A beautiful young teenager, living life to the fullest, her heart set on dancing. The devastating news of her life threatening disease hit family and friends with full force. The world changed, not just for Jesse but her whole family. The trips to Brisbane, the stays in hospital, the treatment. It was a long and painful journey and one that set a direction for the Rally for a Cause team. Jesse has a thirst for life and fought hard to get back to school.

"Rally for a Cause and Dunga Derby, made it so much easier for us all to get through.  We all become a part of the Dunga family. In the first year I was still very ill, in the second I was so much stronger.  In 2017, the 3rd year, I’ll be 18 and hope to join in!” says Jesse.


WILLIAM

It was another proud day for Rally For A Cause in presenting 7 year old William Crack a new Insulin Pump. The Howard student lives with Type 1 Diabetes, facing daily injections and constant testing that has the family on constant watch. Rally For A Cause have been able to support the family with this device that is a significant expense.

His committed parents, Rex and Karlene, are the definition of strength who understand the requirements of caring for a child with Type 1 Diabetes. All 3 of their children have the life threatening condition.

Their daily routine involves visiting the school regularly every day to administer injections, also including testing blood glucose levels in the middle of the night......it’s a 24 hour daily discipline that they know too well.

The MiniMed Smart Technology has changed the lives of the two eldest children of the Crack family as it offers secure continuously insulin delivery and an added flexibility to daily routines. Thanks to Rally For A Cause, William will now enjoy the security and convenience of this important device and help support this proud Howard based family.

William is a proud Brisbane Lions AFL supporter and hopes to get to a winning game next year. His mother Karlene wanted to thank everyone associated with Rally For A Cause as her appreciation was hard to put into words.



NATHAN

Thanks to Rally for a Cause the Ibbeson Family are the proud recipients of a vehicle wheelchair lift for their son, Nathan.

Nathan had a traumatic birth and has Spastic Dystonic Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy.  Both Mum and Dad are full time carers for Nathan and the pension only goes so far for providing them with their needs.  The vehicle wheelchair lift is a game changer for the family, Nathan can now travel comfortably and safely in his custom chair and his parents’ backs get a well-earned rest! 

Nathan’s parents are very grateful and say without the funds from Rally for a Cause, this would still be a dream for them. 


AEDAN

8 year old Aedan has cerebral palsy and his family are devoted to his care and wellbeing.  After initially looking to donate some ramps to help with Aedan’s wheelchair access in and out of home, Rally for a Cause though they could do a little more than that……and the Rally Renovation idea was born.

With the help of over 60 very generous local businesses and the funds raised through the Dunga Derby, Rally for a Cause were able to completely transform the Harris's yard in just 4 weeks – bringing forward the Harris’s 5 year plan to make access to the yard easier for Aedan in his wheelchair. Woollam Construction kindly headed the construction project and a pool donated and installed by Barrier Reef Pools will aid Aedan immensely with his physical development. 

Aedan’s parents, Donna & Cameron & little sister Ariana are just so overwhelming thankful and say they are now able to enjoy life to the fullest in their own backyard!

See more about the Rally Renovation


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