Gladstone rallies to organise Sydney flight for sick girl
THE Grant family thought they'd run out of options for getting little Thyeshya to her Sydney doctor's appointment next week.
But they weren't counting on the generosity of Gladstone residents.
The happy nine-year-old was born with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita (AMC), and recently had complex surgery in Sydney to treat her club feet.
While she'd made it down on a commercial flight, the pain post-surgery meant sitting in a plane seat was unbearable - and no flight would take her wheelchair.
On Tuesday, a bake sale at Bechtel's mainland office - organised by local charity group the Gorgeous Globetrotters - raised $1300 to help the family.
The funds will go to chartering a flight to Sydney.
Organiser Shellie Murz said the group had organised several fundraisers for local families, and were eager to help Thyeshya.
"When we got the call about Thyeshya we just thought, every door's been shut for this little family," Shellie said.
"She lives here in my own neighbourhood, and she has just so much joy coming out of her."
You can't even explain it, the story's gone so much further than we thought - it's almost viral.
Shellie said publicity about the situation had even brought in donations from overseas.
"You put it on Facebook, and people just respond... and Gladstone is generous!"
Curtis Island workers also pitched in, with union delegates set to pass the hat around on APLNG this week.
Tank contractor CB&I has agreed to match what they raise, to $2000.
And a local aero club has secured a donation of $1000 worth of fuel for the flight.
Other locals have donated cash directly to the family.
Mum Sam Grant said the family has been overwhelmed.
"You can't even explain it, the story's gone so much further than we thought - it's almost viral."
She said the family was still calculating the final cost of the flight, but said it would be about $7000.
Sam said the total donated was only about $2000 shy of that figure.
"Words really can't express our gratitude."