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Appeal to help Keith come home

Monday, 27th March, 2017

Keith Gander throws a line over a jetty in Adelaide while recovering from an accident last year. Keith Gander throws a line over a jetty in Adelaide while recovering from an accident last year.

By Michael Murphy

The Silver City is being encouraged to rally behind a young man who suffered a terrible accident just before Christmas last year.

Keith Gander, 18, had just finished his schooling and had the world at his feet when he fell awkwardly off monkey bars and seriously injured his spine.

The Royal Flying Doctor Service airlifted him to Adelaide where doctors operated on his back, and he has spent the last three months at the Hampstead rehabilitation unit in Adelaide.

The teenager has worked hard to get back home and will soon transfer back to the local hospital, but before he can move back into his family home he needs funds for expensive alterations to his home and for a reliable car with hand controls.

Keith, a former scout with passion for fishing and the outdoors, has maintained a fairly positive attitude throughout, but he has a long and challenging journey in front of him.

Everyone is being urged to help make Keith’s transition back in the community as smooth as possible by supporting a charity auction next month.

“We are hoping to auction off a lot of local works,” said one of the organisers, Kathy Graham.

“We have got some donations already but obviously we are looking for more,” she said.

“Paintings, photography, jewellery, pottery ... basically anything that we can sell for a price,” she said.

Organisers are also looking for donations for raffles and door prizes.

“We are just looking for people to get behind it and support it.”

Every item that is donated will be posted on the event’s Facebook page - Get Keith Rolling - and those who can’t make the auction on the day will be encouraged to bid before the event via Facebook messenger. The highest bids on items will then become a reserve price on auction day.

The auction day at the Old Royal Hotel in Oxide Street and will include music and a barbecue, promising a fun afternoon for the whole family. 

Get behind Keith

To donate items, text or phone Boris Havlica 0411 616 235, Kathy Graham 0427 798 811 or Beth Murray-Wilson 0411 959 063 and they will be happy to collect.

You can also donate cash through the Broken Hill Community Credit Union. 

Bank details are: BSB 802 377, account number 3773 7974, account name Keith Gander.

WHAT:  Get Keith Rolling Charity Auction

WHEN: Sunday afternoon, April 9

WHERE: Old Royal Hotel, Oxide Street

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