Chiefs Dinner – Austin’s Dream to Walk

$1,200 + GST per Table

  • Spend an evening with the Gallagher Chiefs 2016 squad.  Auction includes exclusive World Cup items and more.  Guest speakers to be interviewed by Aaron Cruden include RWC winning All Blacks and Chiefs players Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Brodie Retallick, Sam Cane and Stephen Donald (aka Beaver)
  • MC for the evening is Head Coach Dave Rennie

Austin has Cerebral Palsy. He needs our help to raise $100,000 to fund life changing surgeries by a team of specialists in St Louis USA.  Austin spends 95% of his time in a wheelchair each day. He is reliant on help & support with all the little tasks in life.

  • Getting in & out of bed, Toileting, Showering, Dressing, Organising basic food, Transportation & so much more we take for granted in day to day life.

Austin was born on 9 May 2008 in Tauranga Hospital. After a traumatic birth he was rushed to Waikato Hospital where he spent the next few days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

The first indication that Austin had an ongoing problem came through his lazy and cross eyes at three months old. After numerous GP and specialists appointments, his paediatrician organised an urgent MRI scan in January 2009.  The MRI scan revealed the full extent of Austin’s problems…brain damage (the news no parent wants to hear of their darling wee boy).

The MRI scan revealed permanent brain damage with the following problem list:
1. Cerebral Palsy – asymmetric spastic quadriplegia (predominant triplegia).
2. Periventricular leukomalacia left >right.
3. Developmental delay.
4. Bilateral hypermetropia.

The Cerebral Palsy has resulted in secondary problems such as very poor motor skills and balance, tight achilles tendons and spasticity, tightness of the muscles and joints and much more. Austin attends private physio, riding for the disabled and one on one swimming lessons weekly.

Austin attends St Thomas More Catholic School where he is in year two. He likes to read and is a fantastic speller. He has a teacher aid to help with chair transfers and daily school activities.

There is no operation or any procedures available in New Zealand to give Austin what he needs. There is however an operation available in the USA. The Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) is done by Dr Park and his team at St Louis Children’s Hospital in the USA. This operation will be life changing for Austin and give him a much better quality of life.

The catch is Austin needs $100,000 for this to become reality…. We need everyone’s help to make this possible.

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  • January 27, 2016 6.00PM - 10.00PM
Baypark, 81 Truman Lane, Mount Maunganui

Our four inter-connectable rooms offer extensive options around layout, size and capacity to ensure your event space is perfectly tailored to your requirements. Each of the four suites is configured with a top of the range projector, screen, sound-system and high-speed internet access. Our Combined Suites often host seminars, theatre performances, large conferences, award shows,… Read more »