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Raffle funds a boost amid plans to get Abi mobile

Three-year-old Abi Wilkinson trialling her pram which will grant her mobility as her rehabilitation continues.
Three-year-old Abi Wilkinson trialling her pram which will grant her mobility as her rehabilitation continues. Contributed

SHE'S the little girl who has the support of an entire town behind her.

Since a head-on collision left her a quadriplegic at only three years old, c is adjusting to life - all with a big smile on her face.

The lives of each member of the Wilkinson clan were forever changed on April 4, when a devastating car accident occurred at Logan south of Brisbane.

Almost three months on, the Gladstone community has surpassed all expectations of generosity, with businesses and individuals digging deep in every way they can.

On June 27, the winners of a raffle organised by a combination of local groups were drawn by Abi's siblings, James and Tobi.

Among the prizes were QantasLink vouchers, Jetset holiday packages, bottles of wine donated by Mayor Gail Sellers and artwork donated by local artist Sue Dawes.

The phenomenal efforts raised over $6000, taking the total tally to almost $30,000.

Matriarch of the family, Tanya Wilkinson, remains by her daughter's bedside as each new hurdle in rehabilitation is overcome.

The latest development in the health of Abi means she is trialling a chair, a step towards mobility in the future.

Additionally, the portable pram is expected to assist in stabilising her blood pressure, and increasing use of her lungs.

"They are also using this as a model for her wheelchair so we know what she needs and where it will go, but ultimately it will help her in the long term," Tanya said.

"Baby steps still but it's now some glimmer of hope of getting her home one day."

The Wilkinsons once again wish to express their resounding thanks for all efforts demonstrated by the Gladstone community, however large or small.

As Tobi and brother James, who on Monday turned six, return to a new version of reality at school in Yarwun, the family insists they will never forget the generosity of the town they call home.

WINNERS: Tobi, Paul, and James Wilkinson and Jason Keysworth with raffle prizes and winning tickets for the raffle drawn in support of the Wilkinson family at the Gladstone council depot.
WINNERS: Tobi, Paul, and James Wilkinson and Jason Keysworth with raffle prizes and winning tickets for the raffle drawn in support of the Wilkinson family at the Gladstone council depot. Luka Kauzlaric

Topics:  abi wilkinson, charity, gladstone, quadraplegic




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