Community gets behind fundraising efforts for crash family

Abi, 3 years, Tobi, 8, and James, 6, were with mother Tanya Wilkinson when they were involved in a head-on collision in Brisbane on Friday.
Abi, 3 years, Tobi, 8, and James, 6, were with mother Tanya Wilkinson when they were involved in a head-on collision in Brisbane on Friday.

UPDATE 1PM: Fundraising efforts for the Wilkinson family have almost reached the goal of $10,000 in less than 24 hours.

Gladstone's roller derby community is raising funds for the family after mother Tanya and her three children were involved in a serious crash in Brisbane on Friday.

Abi, 3, had surgery on her neck on Monday but is still unable to breathe on her own. Doctors have said she may not walk again.

Tobi, 8, is reportedly having problems with her sight because of bruising to her brain. James, 6, is ready to be discharged.

Tanya's big toe was almost severed in the crash, but has been reattached, and she was expected to be able to start walking on Monday.

The fundraising goal of $10,000 was set to help the family pay for medical expenses while in Brisbane.

So far $8412 has been raised.

EARLIER: Gladstone's Wilkinson family is praying for the safe recovery of their vivacious "little angel" Abi.

The three-year-old almost died after breaking her neck in a head-on collision on Friday in Brisbane.

Abi's sister Tobi, 8, brother James, 6, and mother Tanya Wilkinson were also seriously hurt in the accident.

Little Abi may never walk again as doctors fear the injuries will leave her a paraplegic.

Gladstone's roller derby community, in which Ms Wilkinson is a key member, has thrown its support behind the family and is raising funds to help them through the coming months.

The children's father Paul Wilkinson has flown to Brisbane's Mater Children's Hospital, where Ms Wilkinson and her three children are recovering.

The accident happened while the young family was in the city visiting relatives.

A remarkable $6580 has been raised in just 22 hours.

Ellie Picking, captain of the Harbour City Hustlers roller derby team, said 86 people had so far donated for the family.

"With the news that Abi may be a paraplegic, there is a whole host of medical expenses and impact on their lives," Ms Picking said.

"The support that her family and especially Abi, is going to need is huge, and we would ask for your help to support this beautiful family. Please keep them in your thoughts and send them your love."

Mary Bolling, from the Harbour City Hustlers, said Saturday's roller disco would continue to raise funds.

"The derby girls will be taking donations for the family at their roller disco at Gladstone PCYC this Saturday, and also donating a portion of all ticket sales to the cause," Ms Bolling said.

Tickets are $10 at the door. The event begins at 6.30pm.

A fundraising web page has been set up here.

Topics:  abi wilkinson accident brisbane crash gladstone harbour city hustlers roller derby

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