Crazy costume family day will help silent angel get around

DIG DEEP: To help Shontae Denniss, 6, her mother Michelle and her brother Blake, 12, buy a car with wheel chair access, a family fun day will be held at Boyne Tannum Golf Club, with the help of Alana McMullen, also known as Pink Tink.
DIG DEEP: To help Shontae Denniss, 6, her mother Michelle and her brother Blake, 12, buy a car with wheel chair access, a family fun day will be held at Boyne Tannum Golf Club, with the help of Alana McMullen, also known as Pink Tink. Luka Kauzlaric

SHONTAE Denniss, like any other bubbly six-year-old, loves Barbie and One Direction.

However, being born with Rett syndrome means she can't walk or talk, and is in the care of her single mum Michelle 24-hours a day.

"With Retts, they're called silent angels because they develop as normal and then between the 12 and 18-month mark they start their regression," Ms Denniss said.

"So before that, she could talk and pick up toys and open presents and now she can't."

The only way the Gladstone youngster can get out and about is by wheelchair, and Ms Dennis said as Shontae grows, lifting her daughter in and out of the wheelchair into the car is becoming harder.

To help the family pay for a car with wheelchair access, Alana McMullen, known as Pink Tink from her various fundraising efforts, is teaming up with Craig Topfer to host a Crazy Costume Family Fun Day at the Boyne Tannum Golf Club on June 28.

The day will combine a three-person ambrose competition, raffles, face painting, jumping castle and also special appearances by Dora the Explorer, Peppa Pig and Minion characters.

The entry fee for the day is $15 for club members and $35 for non-members, with registration starting at 9.30am, but participants are encouraged to register before the day by calling the BITS Pro Shop on 4973 9191.

Captain of the Boyne Tannum Golf Club, Mr Topfer said they were still looking for sponsors to help with raffle prizes and volunteers on the day.

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