Jake Brook and Coffs Harbour MBF’s Elaine McCluney.
Jake Brook and Coffs Harbour MBF’s Elaine McCluney. Trevor Veale

Fundraiser to help bring Jake home

ONE sports fan will be lucky enough to score a very special Christmas gift and one gift giver can help Jake Brook get home.

A soccer ball signed by the members of Sydney FC, the Sydney Premiership team, is being sold through a silent fundraising auction to help provide financial support to extend and modify the Brook family home so Jake can leave hospital.

The 19-year old former soldier suffered life-threatening brain injuries on New Year’s Day.

He underwent nine months of treatment in Sydney and returned to Coffs Harbour last month.

However, he cannot return home without important modifications to his parents’ house.

His whole family is involved in working to raise funds to help Jake with his rehabilitation program. The family are all members of MBF.

The special soccer ball, provided by MBF through its SHINE program, is on display at the MBF office in Park Beach Plaza.

Auction bids are being taken at the office until December 23, so the winner will get the ball by Christmas.

A giant raffle with $5000 worth of prizes, including return flights to Sydney and accommodation for two is the other major fundraiser being conducted for Jake.

There are five prizes in the raffle, including a holiday at Moorings Resort at Batemans Bay for a family of six; passes to Western Plains Zoo; a night at Casabelle Country guest house; a $100 vouchers for Athletes Foot and a $65 Bridgestone voucher for a wheel alignment.

Tickets are $2 each.



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