Community turns out to support Chilli Morgan
AS FAR as cent sales go, today's at Gladstone Bowls Club was a very moving and touching affair.
Free parking spaces were hard to come by and more tables and chairs had to be arranged to cater for the big number of locals who turned up to raise money for Chilli Morgan.
Chilli has Kleefstra Syndrome and is one of only nine people in Australia with the rare condition.
For the past few months Chilli's family has been trying to raise $27,000 so she can get a service dog to help her in life.
Chilli's mum, Kevina Morgan, said she couldn't believe how big the turn out for the fundraiser was.
"When I was coming down the street I just thought: 'oh my gosh'," she said.
"It means so much that people are willing to help.
"It feels like the whole community is reaching out and wanting to help," she said.
Because of the 100 plus people who turned out to pitch in and help, Mrs Morgan said the goodwill that was on display gave her the strength to keep going.
So far the family has raised around $5,000 but service dogs do not come cheaply and there is still plenty of fundraising to go.
"Chilli has become quite a star in the community," Mrs Morgan said.
"We want Chilli to be able to walk down the street and not be stared at or think she is a naughty kid or I'm a bad mother.
"And the service dog will help that and always be beside her," she said.
With the help of the community and organisations like Quota Club --- who set up the cent sale fundraiser --- Mrs Morgan hopes to reach their target of $27,000 soon so Chilli and the family can enjoy the benefits of a service dog.
Quota Club member Val Radloff said the cent sale was one of the biggest they've had in a while and was hoping to raise between $3 and $4,000 for the worthy cause.
"But you never know, it could be bigger," Mrs Radloff said.