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........



Cooper was the inspiration behind starting Rally for a Cause and the Dunga Derby fundraising event.   A group of friends were faced with an unthinkable situation - one of their own had a healthy vibrant child who was suddenly struck with an aggressive brain tumour and the family had their lives turned upside down. What could they do – they decided to raise funds to help support the family so they could focus on their son at this time. 

After a strong, but all too short battle Cooper passed away at just 6 years old.  “Forever 6” - our little Super Hero “Captain Cooper Christiansen” will be in our hearts and minds forever and he watches over us all in the Dunga Derby.

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 and Rally for a Cause.



Just a young teenager with a passion for dance and dreams of a future - Jesse was struck down by a bone cancer that left her fighting for life. 

Jesse overcome her first cancer battle, attended her formal, finished school and was looking forward to fulfilling her dreams when tragically the cancer returned.  Sadly, Jesse lost her battle not long after her 18th birthday. 

Rally for a Cause are so proud to have been a part of this remarkable young girl’s life and to have been there to support her family when they needed it most.



2 year old Darcy was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia on the 1st May 2020.   Darcy and his Mum spent 7 months in Brisbane while he was in hospital receiving treatment. Darcy's 4 year old sister was looked after by his Grandmother while his Dad Lee,  travelled back and forth to keep their small business running during this time.  While Darcy's prognosis is good he will be looking at a cycle of two years of treatment.





Connie was born with various complex and rare heart conditions. She had her first open heart surgery at 5 months old then 10 days later they had to go back in due to other complications appearing once Connie's heart had reduced in swelling meaning it was a surprise surgery. Connie's parents Ben and Gemma had to leave their 3 year old son in Hervey Bay in the care of his Grandparents while they spent considerable time in Brisbane with Connie while she was in the Children's Hospital. Thanks to Rally for a Cause Connie's Parents were able to be there together to support each other while Connie battled for her life. She is now doing well and will hopefully only have to have one more surgery. 


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. 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 involved 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 Insulin Pump has changed the lives for the Crack family as it offers secure continuously insulin delivery and an added flexibility to daily routines.


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. 


At just 45 years old, Maryborough Mum of two Samantha was diagnosed with Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma. As a single Mum and small business owner responsibilities didn’t stop for Samantha as she had keep the family cared for while undergoing Chemotherapy and Radiation treatments in the fight for her life.

Rally for a Cause has been able to provide some short-term financial support to Samantha and her family to help her cover household bills and day-to day living expenses.

Samantha would like to thank Rally for a Cause, the Dunga Derby fundraisers and everyone who supports us for easing some of the stress for her during this time.



  Are you wanting to nominate a recipient? Click Here: https://www.rallyforacause.org.au/about/nominate-a-recipient



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