Tinnie for Travis hits the spot
By ADRIAN MILLER
TRAVIS JONES loves to fish.
Introduced to the pastime by his older siblings, 12-year-old Travis has whiled away countless hours at Ferry Park, the Maclean Boulevard and Maclean police wharf, trying to snag the 'big one'.
It's never been an easy outing because he has had to ride his bike from Townsend to his beloved fishing spots.
However, thanks to the Starlight Foundation and businesses, Travis has his very own 3.7-metre Quintrex Traveller tinnie. With it came an eight-horsepower Yamaha outboard motor and safety equipment, donated by Lismore company Watsons Trimming and Marine and Bob Littler Agencies.
Travis, who suffers from chronic conditions which require treatment in Sydney every few months, said he was ecstatic to get the boat.
"I was shocked when I got it and pretty happy," he said.
Travis' mum, Phillipa Jones, said the boat would be put to good use by the whole family.
"All of his brothers and sisters have left home, but this will be something to entice them to visit home more often," she said.
But Travis was not the only one to get his wish, with older brother Kirk, who lives in Lismore, given carpentry equipment.
"One of Kirk's loves is woodworking and making things, so that is spot on for him," Mrs Jones said.
Mrs Jones said the presents, given to her sons after they made wishes to the Starlight Foundation, were a blessing.
"Every trip we make to Sydney is traumatic, just the waiting and not knowing how things are going to turn out... so it's great to see kids with chronic conditions recognised and helped out," she said.
Watsons Trimming and Marine owner Julie Watson said it was a good feeling to help children like Travis.
"We are quite happy and proud to be involved, especially with such a nice lad like Travis," she said.