Community rallies for family man
YOU MAY know him as an advocate and activist; or recognise him as citizen of the year or carer of the year; or maybe you remember the magnificent Christmas-light displays on Macauleys Headland Dr?
David Stevens wears many hats, but first and foremost that of husband and father.
Terminally ill, David, is father of three children and husband to Jamaica Magic.
David has always been active in the community and is admired by many people, locally and internationally, for his remarkable ability to inspire and touch lives, but now, he and his family are the ones in need of support.
Last year, David was diagnosed with cancer of the esophageus and recently things have taken a tragic and rapid turn for the worst.
His prognosis has changed from months to weeks after doctors found cancer in his spine.
"I'm just sort of coming to terms with it," David told The Advocate.
"It's a bit scary and disturbing, but honestly I'm more scared for my family than me."
A crowd funding campaign has been established with a target of $10,000 to help with medical and living expenses.
Jamaica said she was so grateful to all those who had gathered around the family offering time, soup and all kinds of support.
"I want to thank everyone for being there."
To donate, please go to the David Stevens funding page on You Caring.Com.
At this stage, there are three different fundraising events organised in support of the Magic-Stevens family.
The first, called Pink Walk, is on tomorrow at 4pm.
This is a 5km walk costing $5 per person or $10 per family.
Wear pink and meet at the Pet Porpoise Pool carpark.
A stand up paddle board skills clinic is happening on June 7 at 10.30am at Boambee Reserve.
It is $20 per person, $50 for a family, and $15 if you bring your own board.
A trivia night is organised for Saturday June 27 at C.ex Coffs.
Tickets are $25 and people should arrive at 6.30pm for a 7pm start.
The trivia night will include finger food, a lucky door prize, silent and live auctions.
Businesses in a position to donate prizes for the auction are encouraged to contact Deb by email email@example.com