We Care, a community reaching out in support to many
THE Coffs Coast has shown it cares about the community, especially people dealt a tough hand in life like Connor Maclean, who was one of the major beneficiaries of the hugely successful We Care Week.
Run by Mid North Coast Community Care Options, the inaugural event included the popular We Care Day, a family fun festival at the Jetty Foreshores on Sunday.
Earlier in the week, a benefit night for Connor, 16, raised funds that will be donated to his mum Cheryl to kick start a campaign to raise the $300,000 that's needed for Connor to access life-saving treatment in the United States.
Connor's great mate, veteran television broadcaster Ray Martin, was a special guest on a night that attracted 130 people in support of the Maclean family.
"This effects all the systems in my body - but I don't let that get in my way of living and enjoying life."
Connor's life revolves around multiple medical procedures every two hours to ensure that his organs continue to function.
In spite of this, he has a heart and a spirit larger than life, enduring constant pain and discomfort without complaint, but more often with concern for others and a smile.
This very attitude typified the entire We Care Week.
More than 100 aged care and disability services representatives attended a We Care Week conference.
This included leading industry experts and entertainment from MC Paul McDermott and Clown Dr and humour-manitarian Jean Paul Bell.
"The purpose of everything we have done in We Care Week is to connect people within our community to others in the community," Community Care Options general manager Debra Ryan said.
"We no longer live in a society where extended family is necessarily close by to support one another.
"We need to recognise that some people need to access support to enable them to remain living at home, living a fulfilled and enjoyable life. Knowing where to find that support is vital so events such as We Care Day are not only a heap of fun but an important source of information."
Dedicating a large part of We Care Week to Connor, Mid North Coast Community Care Options is now planning a trivia night and charity auction to further assist the family on Friday, December 6.
When details are confirmed they'll be posted on their website. For information click here