LITTLE FIGHTER: Lincoln Elwell lost his battle with a rare disease in April.
LITTLE FIGHTER: Lincoln Elwell lost his battle with a rare disease in April. Photo Contributed

Fundraiser in memory of baby who lost rare virus battle

WHEN baby Lincoln Elwell lost his five-month battle with a rare virus earlier this year, the community rallied behind the family.

He was diagnosed with enterovirus myocarditis last December and died in April after going into sudden cardiac arrest.

A friend of the parents Zoe and Mick Elwell, Lauren Weribone, started a GoFundMe page to help the family pay for the funeral expenses.

More than $13,000 was raised.

Now Ms Weribone and Toowoomba businesses are holding a fundraiser to raise money for charities who helped support the family during the hardest time of their lives.

The event will be held on Saturday, June 25 at St Ursula's Hall from 7am - 11am.

There are 11 different fitness professionals from various gyms and businesses who will be running a super fitness bootcamp.

It will also be a family friendly day with face painting, a bouncing castle and dance classes.

There will be prizes to give away and multi-draw raffles.

Cost is $20 to enter the bootcamp and a gold coin donation for the family activities.

Fundraiser for Lincoln Elwell
Fundraiser for Lincoln Elwell

Money raised will go towards The Jake Garrett Foundation, Precious Wings Charity and The Scarlett May Foundation.

Ms Weribone said she encouraged the community to come and support the fundraiser.

"It's been very hard for everyone I think since Lincoln has passed, but I feel so very honoured to be a part of Lincoln's legacy," she said.

"I can't imagine the pain and heartache that comes with losing a child.

"Together we hope to raise funds to help Lincoln's family give back to the people who helped them, or have helped people in similar situations as them.

"The community response to the GoFundMe account I created after Lincoln's passing was overwhelming.

"I can only hope that the community will once again band together to help other people going through similar circumstances."

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LINCOLN’S LEGACY: Planning fundraising events in the memory of Lincoln Elwell are (from left) Lauren Weribone, Lincoln’s parents Zoe and Mick Elwell and Lauren Fickling.
LINCOLN’S LEGACY: Planning fundraising events in the memory of Lincoln Elwell are (from left) Lauren Weribone, Lincoln’s parents Zoe and Mick Elwell and Lauren Fickling. Bev Lacey

WHEN Dancing Stars Toowoomba founder Lauren Fickling heard about Lincoln Elwell's passing she knew she had to do something to help.

Each year the club holds a fundraiser to support a local cause and this year the Dancing Stars students will be dancing for Lincoln.

The students will put on a concert displaying their talent in his memory.

The concert will be extra special as Lincoln's brothers Ben and Jordan Elwell will be performing on stage for their brother.

Ms Fickling said it was a way to do her part to help.

Fundraising event for Lincoln.
Fundraising event for Lincoln.

"After we found out the sad news, we were all so gutted for the Elwell family," she said.

"We could only imagine the pain they would be feeling, so we wanted to give back a little."

The concert will be held at St Ursula's Salo Centre on Saturday, June 25.

A sausage sizzle will kick off the night at 5.15pm and the show begins at 6pm.

Entry is a donation of $5 or more.

Funds will go to the Elwell family and the Toowoomba Hospital Foundation.

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