ROCHESTER Lions Club believes every child deserves a sporting chance and its current project hopes to provide exactly that for two children with extensive health concerns.
‘‘The club is conducting a sports forum with notable sporting identities with proceeds to assist a local family whose two little girls face a lifetime of health problems,’’ organiser Bruce Major said.
Rochester’s Carmen and Stacey Moon discovered their youngest daughters Felicity, 3, and Eliza, 2, displayed abnormal signs soon after their birth.
‘‘Felicity was suffering from Hydrocephalus, or water on the brain,’’ Mr Major said.
‘‘Brain surgery to relieve the pressure identified a previous brain bleed slowing both her physical and mental development.
‘‘Eliza had trouble feeding from day one and after testing it was discovered she had Digeorge Syndrome where a chromosome had not formed correctly.
‘‘This brought on a range of health problems for her including delayed growth, difficulty feeding, breathing concerns, frequency of infection due to no immunity and more.’’
To add to the worry, Eliza was found to have two holes in the heart necessitating open heart surgery early last year.
Both girls face a lifetime of health problems, many of which cannot be treated until their teenage years.
‘‘Rochester Lions have come on board with the project and are seeking to raise funds to assist with the installation of a pool, fencing, council permits and materials such as sand concrete and pavers for the pool surrounds," Mr Major said.
‘‘Much of the fundraising will emanate from a sports forum featuring the infamous Running Man.’’
David Eadie has been competing at an elite level for over 25 years including running, ironman, triathlons, cycling and most recently ultra marathons.
Perhaps the most exciting is his participation in the Badwater 135 Ultra Marathon through Death Valley.
Joining David will be Rochester’s own Brad McEwen, popular National newsreader with Channel 10 and sports journalist and Rochester’s ‘‘toughest’’ footballer Dave Williams.
The evening, called Giving Kids A Sporting Chance, will be held at the Rochester Bowls Club on Wednesday, July 4 starting at 7.30pm.
Tickets are $20 with supper included.
A number of donated items will be auctioned on the night and door prizes for lucky audience members.
An extra on the night will be a display of the latest additions to the John Forbes sporting collection.
Tickets are available through Rochester Newsagency, Rochester Sportspower, Rochester Mitre 10 or contact Bruce Major 5484 1652 or Carmen Moon 0427 849 918.