Vandals target fundraising event for sick girl
DENELLE Brockhurst can not understand why someone would sabotage her daughter's chance for good health.
Mrs Brockhurst's six-year-old daughter Talia has both autism and epilepsy and the family has been fundraising for more than 12 months to get Talia to China for state-of-the-art stem cell therapy.
The Nambour mum said she had put up posters on community notice boards around Nambour advertising their latest fundraiser, a masquerade cent auction.
But in a sickening twist, someone has been tearing the posters down.
"It's quite disgusting in a way, there are some silly people," Mrs Brockhurst said.
Mrs Brockhurst estimated she had replaced some posters in the Nambour Plaza up to 10 times, with the posters often being taken down within days of going up.
"I don't really understand it," she said. "It's happening every week."
Mrs Brockhurst said it had knocked the wind out of her when she and her son Bradley, 9, first saw the posters missing.
"I was doing my shopping and I noticed that the signs were taken down," she said.
"It's just disgusting, the money I put into it, and the time I've taken out to do it. This is a hard battle."
The devoted mum said it had been suggested to her that the posters may have been removed by someone opposed to stem cell therapy or by bored teenagers.
"It could just be some teenagers thinking it's a funny thing," she said.
Mrs Brockhurst said she was still determined to get her daughter treatment in China, after seeing the improvement stem cell therapy had made to children in similar situations.
"I'm not saying it will work but I'd rather give it a go; I feel strongly about it," she said.
With Talia currently required to take a cocktail of medications each day, Mrs Brockhurst said she hoped the treatment would take away the need for so many drugs.
The family has raised $15,000 of the $30,000 needed for Talia to receive the treatment.
Talia's World Masquerade Cent Auction will be held on October 26 at the Nambour RSL, from 5pm.
A two-course meal and a glass of wine is $40, or participants can pay $10 at the door to take part in the auction.
Items up for auction include a week-long stay on a houseboat for 10 people and glamour photography packages.
To donate to the auction, phone Denelle on 0413 334 573.