Charity needs donations to help children

By NATALIE PEUTnataliep@gladstoneobserver.com.au

FIVE-year-old spina bifida suffer- er Chris Graham lives his illness everyday.

For Chris, there is no respite from bowel and bladder issues, specialist visits and walking dif- ficulties.

And while his congenital con- dition presents everyday chal- lenges, Chris has not let his limit- ed mobility hinder his zest for life. Like most rowdy five-year- olds, Chris loves to play but his condition comes at a price.

Children's fundraising group Southern Cross Association (SCA) is on a quest to raise funds to help improve the quality of life for spina bifida sufferers like Chris.

SCA publicity officer Mazz Roberts said the association needed donations to purchase a van to assist with its monthly fundraising bike runs.

She said the bike runs in- volved travelling great distances and transporting catering sup- plies and equipment, merchan- dise and camping requirements ? some of which was impossible on the back of motorbikes.

'The volunteers participate in their own time, and very little government funding is given,' she said.



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