Family appeal for support after tragic accident
LOCAL man Dion 'Mooch' Donnelly's family is appealing to the community to help raise funds to cover the cost of his medical bills and to upgrade his home after he was severely injured in an accident last month.
Mr Donnelly, who is a key figure in Clarence Valley rugby league, rugby union and touch football, broke both his legs, fractured his arm and punctured a lung in a motorcycle accident.
"Recovery is going slow," Patricia Laurie said about Dion's current state.
"He has been taken off life support and moved into a ward to start rehab."
Patricia said the family is hoping to upgrade his home to make it wheelchair accessible for his recovery.
After having surgery at Lismore Base Hospital, Dion was moved to Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane.
"Dion's partner Annette has been there since he was moved," Patricia said. Without an income to help support them, the family desperately needs help to ensure Annette can stay in Brisbane till he has recovered.
Patricia has organised a fundraiser at South Grafton Ex-Services Club on April 29 from 6.30pm to 11.30pm. Dion's family is appealing to the community to donate money and items that can be auctioned off during the raffle. People wanting to help should phone Patricia Laurie on 0478 769 286.
There will be live entertainment with local bands. Dion's family have set up a GoFundMe page where members of the community are wishing him well and donating money. Local charities, businesses, people and sporting teams have pledged their support for Dion.
"You are such a champion in so many ways! Get better Mootch! Here's to a speedy recovery! X Woz, Gail & the OzTAG Gang", one donation reads.