News

Walk will aid the Whitfields

PLEASE HELP: Dave Whitfield, wife Lyndal Whitfield and children Caleb, 7, and Asha, 6, of Lennox Head, are going through a difficult time. A charity walk is being held with the aim of raising $10,000 for the family.
PLEASE HELP: Dave Whitfield, wife Lyndal Whitfield and children Caleb, 7, and Asha, 6, of Lennox Head, are going through a difficult time. A charity walk is being held with the aim of raising $10,000 for the family. Jonas C Photography

THE Lennox Head community will soon participate in a coastal charity walk in a bid to raise more than $10,000 for a local family.

Dave and Lyndal Whitfield have struggled in recent years.

Three years ago, Dave was diagnosed with Grade 4 brain cancer and was told it was terminal. He has since had three operations and fears the tumour will return.

"I live two months at a time, as the average life span for someone diagnosed with this form of cancer is nine months," he said.

With regular MRIs and early detection, he hopes he can continue to be there for his two children, son Caleb, 7, and daughter Asha, 6.

In January this year his wife, Lyndal, suffered a stroke, paralysing half of her body and she was taken to a nursing home. Determined to regain her mobility, she returned home and is gradually improving.

But with ongoing medical costs, the family has been forced to sell their home.

This is when the community stepped in - Elders sold their home for no commission, and a group of mothers from Lennox Primary School have organised a weekly fruit box drop.

Now Chad Hamblin of Lennox Fitness Matters has decided to host a fundraising event.

"I hope you will put on your walking shoes and bring your wallets in support," he said.

"The Whitfields have been very grateful and overwhelmed by the community support."

Walkers will meet at Lennox Fitness Matters on Saturday, October 20, at 10am and venture over the headland to Sharpes Beach and back, finishing with an auction at the Lennox Cultural and Community Centre.

Help by selling or buying tickets at the Lennox Head market, donating to the raffle/auction, and by attending the walk and/or auction.

For more information, phone Lennox Fitness Matters on 6687 7468.


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Five local arts organisations funded by federal grants

LOCALLY MADE: A performance of Dreamland by NORPA at Eureka Hall during their 2016 season, with actors Kirk Page, Katia Molino, Darcy Grant, Philip Blakcman and Toni Scanlon.

In theatre, literature, music and visual arts

Australia Day: Why we should holiday at home this year

Noosa National Park ticks all the boxes for a travel experience for Aussies.

Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast among top destinations for short breaks

Australia Day is an 'inappropriate way and day to celebrate'

Should the date of Australia Day be changed?

North Coast mayor calls for a new date to be considered

Local Partners

Ozzy Osbourne fell asleep during his driving test

Not a good idea to give Ozzy a Ferrari

Kristen Stewart to host SNL

Kristen Stewart will host a pre-Super Bowl episode of SNL next month

Louis Tomlinson celebrated his son's first birthday

Louis Tomlinson and Briana Jungwirth celebrate son's first birthday

Five local arts organisations funded by federal grants

LOCALLY MADE: A performance of Dreamland by NORPA at Eureka Hall during their 2016 season, with actors Kirk Page, Katia Molino, Darcy Grant, Philip Blakcman and Toni Scanlon.

In theatre, literature, music and visual arts

Kylie Minogue will take husband's name

Kylie Minogue will take her fiancé Joshua Sasse's surname

Why investors are flocking to Moranbah

Moranbah homes are selling like hotcakes, creating a supply problem

Investors are scrambling to get into the market

Stockland's $150m pitch: Build it and they will come

Gladstone Marina. The Gladstone Regional Council offers a range of exciting job opportunities. Photo Contributed: Murray Ware.

Here's why we need to see Stockland upgrade start soon.

Thousands of jobs part of $1b retirement village project

THIS YEAR: An artist impression of the new Aveo retirement village in Springfield.

Aveo Springfield unveiled this month, homes ready by July

KNIFE-EDGE: The housing tightrope we now face

Even the smallest interest rate rise will be hard for some to handle.

One if five home owners at risk, according to new analysis

Historical home leaves family's hands after 75 years

SALE CONFIRMED: The Gympie Regional   Realty team which sold the Ramsey property are (back) Mel Gastigar, Dorothy Palmer and Margaret Cochrane, with (front) home seller Terri-Jayne Ramsey.

Ramsey family played a huge role in Gympie's growth.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!