Motoring for charity

Mark Hannon with his 69 Mustang.
Mark Hannon with his 69 Mustang. Renee Pilcher

ERYN Wagner-Jordan is a typical 15-year-old.

She goes to school and studies hard. She enjoys going on school camps and spending time with her friends and family.

The one thing that separates her from the crowd is the fact she suffers from the life-threatening disease Cystic Fibrosis (CF).

Every day, Eryn endures physiotherapy and uses two nebulisers to clear mucus and fluid build-up from her body.

Eryn's grandmother Patricia Wagner is an active member of the Sunshine Coast Cystic Fibrosis Support Group and works hard to help other families of Cystic Fibrosis sufferers.

"I've been doing it about eight years," Patricia said.

"I organise a coffee morning once a month and send out newsletters to members in case they can't come to meetings.

"Because Cystic Fibrosis means there is a high risk of cross infection, some people don't always make it to meetings, especially if there are a lot of bad colds going around."

Patricia said the support group relied heavily on donations collected on their behalf by the Glasshouse Mountains Rotary Club.

"About 15 years ago, there was a lady who lost her daughter to CF," she said.

"She moved to the Sunshine Coast and went to a Rotary dinner and told them her story. They were so moved by it that they decided to do something to help any family on the Sunshine Coast effected by CF."

What that means now for locals suffering the disease is the opportunity to obtain a $500 grant towards nebulisers, physiotherapy or even a holiday to relieve some of the financial burden.

Cue heroes in shining armour … err, shining hot rods.

When the Under 70s Rod and Custom Club heard of the Sunshine Coast Cystic Fibrosis Support Group, its members decided to donate all funds raised at the 2012 Kin Kin Kampout to the group.

Four years on from its inception, the Kin Kin Kampout will take place at the Kin Kin Showgrounds this Sunday from 9am.

The event will feature hot rods, custom and classic cars owned by members of the Under 70s Rod and Custom Club.

Entry is a gold coin donation, and all proceeds go towards the Cystic Fibrosis Sunshine Coast Support Group.

Mark Hammon is one of the Under 70s club who is proud to be showing off his classic American Mustang car next Sunday.

"It's just a good day out to support people with Cystic Fibrosis," he said.

"People will see all the cars and the big rigs will be there.

"There will be jumping castles and fairy floss for the kids, and it's just a gold coin donation to get in."

Club secretary and treasurer Gayl Hoskin has been heavily involved in organising the Kin Kin Kampout and said this year's event provided a brilliant opportunity for people to do something for charity while having a nice day out with the family.


Cystic Fibrosis 

  • Cystic Fibrosis is the most common life-threatening genetic condition to young Australian children, with more than 2000 Australian babies being born with the condition each year.
  • The condition is due to a recessive gene, which means both parents must have the gene present for their child to contract the disease.
  • CF attacks the movement of salt in and out of our body cells, and can result in the lungs and pancreas being congested with thick mucus.
  • Other symptoms of CF include poor weight gain, chest infections, and a wet cough.



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