Community spirit to shine for David Stevens
BRIGHT colours are mandatory- but shoes are optional.
Those are the instructions from David Stevens to everyone planning to attend his funeral on Thursday.
The brave community activist and advocate, who lost his fight for life on Saturday morning, loved the bright sunshine of his home on the Coffs Coast as much as he loved the barefoot freedom of the beaches nearby and he made sure that message of colour and hope would be a feature of his memorial service.
His funeral will be held at the Hogbin Drive Crematorium Chapel at 1pm on Thursday.
His family have asked that donations go to the David Stevens trivia night, which will begin at 6.30pm on Saturday at C.ex Coffs.
David's wife Jamaica Magic Stevens said her husband was always fighting for a cause.
There will be a donation box at the chapel.
Trivia night guest
TELEVISION presenter and filmmaker Helen Kapalos says she is looking forward to meeting the Coffs community again, even though the reason for her visit will be a sad one.
Helen will be the MC for Saturday's trivia night at C.ex Coffs to raise money for the family of community advocate and activist David Stevens, who died on Saturday.
"The Coffs community have been wonderfully generous to David and they have huge hearts like him. I wish we could have done more," she said.
David's fight for help for his daughter Deisha features prominently in A Life of Its Own, the documentary film Helen Kapalos has just completed about medical cannabis.
She said his story with Deisha's success had resonated with Australians all over the country, confounded medical authorities and attracted international interest.
The TV personality said she first met David when he contacted her after a story on medical marijuana she made for the Seven Network and his letter had affected her immensely.
"After reading about his success with Deisha it was heartbreaking to hear he had received the cruellest blow with his own cancer diagnosis.
"Not only was I impressed with his tenacity to pursue a treatment for Deisha that was outside of conventional realms, but it was his courage in spreading the message.
"David was not afraid to take on neurologists, other treating doctors and politicians in his quest to make sure that Deisha continued to receive what has truly been a life saving treatment.
Tickets for Saturday's fundraising trivia night, available at C.ex Coffs. Call 6652 3888 or visit www.cex.com.au.