New target for Coey family is $128k - Jed's top speed
UPDATE 1.15pm FRIDAY: JARED 'Jed' Coey's friends and family have upped the fundraising target to $128,000 - Jed's top speed.
Requested by one of his mates, the new target seems very in reach as money continues to pour in to support the family of the Gold Coast water skier who died following injuries at the Grafton Bridge to Bridge at the weekend.
The fundraiser now sits at $83,840 - an amazing response since the initial target was set only five days ago.
UPDATE 7am THURSDAY: OVERNIGHT, another $5000 has poured in for the Coey Family.
The campaign total now sits at $72,250 - just $28,000 shy of their $100,000 target.
UPDATE 4.15pm WEDNESDAY: IN WHAT has been an amazing flow of support from friends, strangers and those touched by this story, the gofundme campaign for Jared 'Jed' Coey's family continues to flood in.
The tally as of 4.15pm today was $67,350 - six times more than the family had initially targeted ($10,000).
With a wife, one-year-old son, baby on the way and a brand new mortgage, the family and close friends have expressed gratitude for the community support.
UPDATE 10.30am WEDNESDAY: THE gofundme page for Jared 'Jed' Coey has cracked another target, smashing $60k.
The new target is $100k.
This is the latest update from the family, as written on the gofundme page:
These photos were taken last week.
Life was perfect. Kellie and Zain were spending some quality time together. Relaxing and enjoying every moment they could before life got busy from welcoming baby Coey into the world.
Jed was hard at work doing what he could to provide for his beautiful family.
This was meant to be one of the happiest times of their life.
We are all in complete shock that something so devastating can happen to such a beautiful family.
My eyes fill with tears every time I think about what Kellie is going to face not only now but forever.
I know she will be ok. She is strong however it is not going to be easy.
Nothing we can do will bring back her kids Daddy. The love of her life.
But what we can help.
No one should have to go through this much pain and heartache. So please take a moment to think about this beautiful family and dig deep.
Share the link where ever you can. We need to get the media to share the link so they can actually help. Not just share the latest "news".
It could have been any of us!!
Please also let your husband know how much you love him, hug your kids a little longer.
If there is something you want to do in life. Be in life. Do it!!
Don't let anything hold you back because remember what we think are our struggles are someone else's blessings.
Live life and be happy. You never know when it could all be taken away from you.
Kellie stay strong beautiful.
RIP Jed knowing that we are all here for Kellie, Zain and Baby Coey. Not only now but forever xxx
UPDATE 6.30am, WEDNESDAY: SURROUNDED by family, Jared 'Jed' Coey died in hospital at 6pm on Tuesday.
The competent water skier, 27, had been in an induced coma since an accident at the Bridge to Bridge race in Grafton on Sunday.
A gofundme page set up for the family on Monday night is already at $50, 050 as of 6.30am today.
He leaves behind a beautiful family, wife Kellie, one-year-old son Zain and a baby on the way.
UPDATE 10pm TUESDAY: Jared Coey, the water skier injured in an accident in Sunday's Bridge to Bridge race on the Clarence River, has died.
Mr Coey, 27, had been in an induced coma since being admitted to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane.
On social media tonight, his wife, Kellie Coey, who is pregnant with the couple's second child, issued a brief note saying:
"On behalf of myself, Zain, Baby Coey and both our families, it is with great sadness in our hearts that Jared passed away at 5.56pm this evening. We would like to thank everyone so much for their love, support and amazingly kind generosity. Xxx"
Mr Coey was skiing behind the boat Top Gun in the Bridge to Bridge when he fell close to the finish line.
He was helped in the water by spectators who dived into the river when they saw he was in trouble, and he received CPR in a tender boat on the way to the bank.
Mr Coey was then taken by ambulance to Grafton Base Hospital before being transferred by helicopter to Brisbane.
Late tonight the Go Fund Me campaign launched to help Mr Coey's family had raised more than $47,000.
UPDATE 3.45PM TUESDAY: IT IS hoped a series of scans scheduled for this afternoon will shed more light on the condition of critically injured water skier Jared Coey, who remains in an induced coma at Princess Alexandra Hospital.
Speaking to The Daily Examiner this afternoon, Jared's sister-in-law Lara Hansford said the family was extremely grateful for the community's support since the accident on Sunday.
She said family and friends had taken over both waiting rooms at the hospital as they waited for news.
"It's just a bit of a waiting game now," she said.
The gofundme campaign for the Coey family now stands at a total of $35, 635, blitzing its original target of $10,000.
The target has now been upgraded to $60,000.
UPDATE 2.15pm TUESDAY: IN AN amazing outpouring from the community, Jared 'Jed' Coey's gofundme campaign has spiked again, now with a total of $34,705, donated by 230 people in just 22 hours.
The DEX believes Mr Coey is still in a critical state in hospital after a serious accident at the Grafton Bridge to Bridge at the weekend.
UPDATE 11am TUESDAY: THE gofundme campaign is now up to $31,740.
Since The DEX published the story about the campaign this morning at 7.30am, it has increased more than $5000.
UPDATE 9.30am TUESDAY: THE gofundme campaign for injured water skier Jared 'Jed' Coey has already exceeded its target of $30,000.
Family, friends and strangers have dug deep to donate money to the family.
At 9.30am today, the tally was at $30,900, donated by 195 people in 18 hours.
7.30am Tuesday: AN ONLINE campaign for the family of injured Bridge to Bridge skier Jared Coey has already raised more than $26,000.
The gofundme page was created on Monday, the day after Mr Coey, known as Jed, was involved in a terrible water skiing accident about 100m from the finish line of the Grafton Bridge to Bridge race.
According to the page, the 27-year-old father of one is currently in an induced coma at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane.
"His wife Kellie is heavily pregnant with their second child. They already have a beautiful one-year-old boy Zain.
"They only just bought their first home together.
"Now Kel is facing two young kids and a mortgage to look after by herself. Not to mention the heart ache of Jed's accident. Something you wouldn't wish on anyone."
"We can't change what has happened but we can help make life a little bit easier during this difficult time. So please dig deep for my beautiful friend and her babies. Every bit counts!"
And that's exactly what people have done.
As of 7.15am this morning, 174 people had responded, taking the total to $26,505.
One anonymous donor gave $2000, while Neil Rix gave $1500 on behalf of the B Ski Race Team.
"Our thoughts, prayers and wishes are with you all," the accompanying message said.
"We know how hard it is in times like now and family and friends support is what will pull you through."