Friday fund raiser for Gillin boys

Warrnambool brothers Christopher and Aaron Gillin in 2014.
Warrnambool brothers Christopher and Aaron Gillin in 2014.

Bendigo Bank’s Warrnambool branch will on Friday sell morning teas to support Warrnambool brothers Christopher and Aaron Gillin, both of whom have Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

Bank branch member Lauren Jackson said staff would sell packs of cakes and slices to raise money for the brothers.

Staff will don casual clothes for the day and also wear green laces in their shoes to raise awareness about Muscular Dystrophy.

Green shoes laces, which will be available for sale at the bank branch, have been adopted by Muscular Dystrophy Australia as a symbol to raise awareness about the condition.

They are being worn by numerous sports groups throughout Australia to support the cause.

Muscular dystrophy is a progressive muscle-wasting disease that has confined both Christopher, 26, and Aaron, 23 to wheelchairs and in need of 24-hour care.

Christopher Gillin hopes to be at the bank branch on Friday, wearing green laces in his shoes.

More than 20,000 Australians are affected by neuromuscular disorders.

Neuromuscular disorders affect one in every 625 Australian men, women and children. 

Their common symptom is the progressive and irreversible wasting of muscle, leading to decreased mobility and often a shortened life expectancy.

Many children affected by muscular dystrophy will fully rely on the use of wheelchairs by the age of eight.

To date, there is no known cure for Muscular Dystrophy or any of the neuromuscular diseases.

Friday’s fund raiser is part of the monthly fund raisers held by the Bendigo Bank’s Warrnambool branch for community groups.