Warracknabeal charity the Elli Martha Fund has been bolstered by a large donation from a family fun day last year.
Love4Linc was an inspirational event that was first held on July 15, 2017, at Warracknabeal Race Club, to support young Linc Holland who was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour. The first family fun day raised money to help Linc’s family cover costs.
Tragically he died a fortnight before the event on July 1, while holidaying with his family in Queensland. A second family fun day had already been organised for October 2018 and Linc’s mother Brooke Holland told the committee to press ahead with the event because it would be a fond way to remember her son.
Brooke suggested funds collected from the second event could jointly support the Elli Martha Fund and the Charlie Teo Foundation which raises money for brain cancer research.
Love4Linc committee secretary Cath Bellis said the decision to split the money down the middle for the two charities was an easy one to make.
“Professor Teo is doing an amazing job in his fight to find a cure for brain cancer and for the treatment he provides for these young people who are afflicted with such a deadly condition,” Ms Bellis said.
“We wanted to show our support for what he is doing,” she said.
“The Elli Martha Fund is equally important, especially being a local charity and her tragic story really affected our community.
“The fund is a wonderful concept because it helps local families with travel and accommodation costs when they have a young child who needs medical attention far from home.”
Ms Bellis and Brooke Holland, who is also chair of Love4Linc, presented a cheque for $1500 to Elli Martha Fund committee member Angie Cox.
Mrs Cox said she was extremely grateful for the donation.
“It’s so sad that this donation has been borne once more from a tragedy to a young Warracknabeal family,” Mrs Cox said.
“We hope Linc’s family can find comfort in knowing it will help another young family from the region when the time comes.”
Brooke and her family are holidaying in Melbourne to commemorate the anniversary of Linc’s death. After a day of remembrance on Monday, the family chose to spend the following evening cooking dinner for more than 100 residents at Ronald McDonald House.
Brooke said her family wanted to do something to say thank you and cooking for everyone seemed to be the best way to do that.