A CAMPAIGN to help Warrnambool’s Bryn Murfett recover from a severe spinal injury has captured the community’s heart.
In just over four months it has raised $50,000 for rehabilitation equipment for Bryn, who was paralysed after a road accident in Thailand last year.
His family now hopes stem cell treatment could get Bryn walking again.
The 4Byrn Appeal will hold a large auction next month to raise another $50,000.
His brother Rohan Murfett has helped chair the appeal and says its supporters have been humbled by the help that’s come forward.
Already donations have been enough for a wheelchair, a special rehabilitation bike and modifications around the house.
The accident left Bryn with incomplete paraplegia and uncontrolled spasms in his legs, meaning messages are still being relayed through his spinal cord and giving his family some hope he can recover. “We’re now looking at overseas stem cell treatment for Bryn. We’re hoping that it will aid him in his ability to walk again,” Rohan said.
“There’s been some success stories from other patients.
“The 4Bryn appeal are very humbled by all the support that we’ve had. I’d like to thank the community and our sponsors.”
Footy jumpers, holiday packages and even bluestone have been offered for the auction on March 29 — but the centrepiece item will be a Holden Cruze donated by Callaghans Motors.
“It’s very smooth, it’s a good 1.8 litre,” Rohan said of the car.
Tickets for the auction are available at the Telstra Store, Ray White Real Estate, Australian Unity, Bank of Melbourne and Bamstone.
The night kicks off with food and music at the Warrnambool racecourse in the Matilda Room on Saturday, March 29 from 7pm.
More details can be found at the appeal’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/4Bryn