Thursday, August 24, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
In the midst of grieving for a young life lost too soon, the family and friends of Cody Gibbs who tragically passed away from cancer earlier this year, decided to turn their sadness into a positive outlet by raising money for a cause close to their heart.
Hummingbird House is Queensland’s only palliative care service where babies, children and young people can receive the support they need while being surrounded by loved ones in a comfortable and uplifting setting.
This is where 15-year-old Cody Gibbs was able to spend his final days and his family will be forever grateful for this.
To show their appreciation, for the last five weeks family friend Maz McDougall has been running a series of fundraising initiatives to give back to the charity that gave them so much.
Over 20 volunteers, who range from Cody’s friends to their parents, gave up time on their weekends to stand outside Coles supermarket in Cannonvale, flip some sausages, sell raffle tickets and offer cupcakes to passers-by.
“It blew us away to see how generous everyone was!” said Maz.
“As soon as they knew about the cause, they couldn’t get their money out quick enough!”
“A huge thank you to all the volunteers, it was truly amazing seeing how many of Cody’s friends turned up to help.”
The fundraising stall has been outside Coles every weekend for the past five weeks and it even went down to the Lion’s Club markets for the day.
In addition, Cody’s sporting club, the Whitsunday Sea Eagles, held a raffle at their presentation night where they raised an incredible $800 for the charity.
All the money will be put towards the Cannonvale Coles Hummingbird House tally and donated straight to helping other families who are going through the same situation.
Image: Volunteers at the market stall: Jorja Finch, Madeline Beale and Keely Skinner