CUTE: Craig Blackburn as Batman with his Batmobile and Browns Plains police officers Senior Constable Craig Hastie and Constable Nicole Wilson.
CUTE: Craig Blackburn as Batman with his Batmobile and Browns Plains police officers Senior Constable Craig Hastie and Constable Nicole Wilson. quest newspapers

Batman comes to the rescue of young Eli

IT WAS Batman to the rescue for three-year-old Gladstone boy, Eli Vale who is suffering a rare form of cancer.

Police officers love catching crooks and often work closely with superheroes like Batman.

So, when a Bat Signal was lit above the city calling for their help, the team swung into action.

Browns Plains constable Natalie Wilson, a superhero fan, and her sidekick Senior Constable Craig Hastie raced to Lady Cilento Hospital last month to help Batman in his crusade to fight crime and put the smile on Eli's face.

Eli and his mother, Rosalie, moved from Gladstone to Lady Cilento Hospital eight months ago. Both were delighted to see Batman and help protect the city for the day. After a day fighting crime, a birthday party for Eli was held at the hospital.

Two-year-old Gladstone boy Eli Vale.
Two-year-old Gladstone boy Eli Vale.

Eli, who loves adventures, high fives, the Wiggles, police and of course, Batman, was ready to join forces with the crime fighters and Batman, aka Toowoomba's Craig Blackburn, for a ride around Brisbane in the Batmobile.

Mr Blackburn built the car for his son's school formal and often helps out with acts of good will for sick children.

Park Ridge resident and friend of the Browns Plains Blue Light disco David Scott played a major role, contacting Eli's family, setting the route for the Batmobile and organising a meeting point.

Judith Kerr



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