Donations sought to assist with cancer treatment
The Ettalong Diggers club and family friends are calling for donations to support a local resident Ms Saffron Fyvie who has been diagnosed with cancer.
"She's a local, a wife, a mum, a daughter and a popular team member here at Ettalong Diggers," said Diggers chief Mr Bill Jackson.
"Her life has been turned upside down with the recent diagnosis of an aggressive and cancerous tumour and she has been advised that at this point her only option is a peritonectomy, an invasive surgery that will remove her bowel, spleen, peritoneal lining and anything in her abdomen the cancer may have spread to.
"Everyone who knows Saffron knows she is a fighter, but sometimes the hardest thing to do is ask for help.
"So Ettalong Diggers are asking staff, members and guests to help us help Saffron and her family through this difficult time," Mr Jackson said.
Ettalong Diggers will hold a fundraising afternoon, Showing Up for Saffron, on December 16 from 1:30pm with tickets at $25 a head.
Entertainer, Mr Dave Patten will host the interactive game show style event which will feature a variety of special guests.
There will also be a raffle featuring great prizes.
"All monies raised from this event will be passed on to Saffron's family.
"All our special guests are donating their time and services," Mr Jackson said.
Family friend Ms Maeve Mitchell has also launched a fund-raising campaign online.
"Saffron Fyvie is a loving partner to Steve, devoted mother to Ebony and above all she is strong, beautiful, witty and someone you can always count on to tell it like it is," Ms Mitchell said.
"It's a situation no one wants to find themselves in, but here we are.
"Despite going through a hysterectomy to save her life in January, Saffron is facing yet another tough fight, one where the outcome is very much uncertain.
"With further surgery, a lengthy recovery period, chemotherapy, and extensive time spent in hospital away from her family all in her very near future, Saffron and Steve have a lot on their plate.
"There are some very real expenses that come with battling cancer.
"While they are reluctant to ask for help, it would be amazing to give them the gift of time together.
"For Steve to be able to stay by Saffron's bedside instead of spending his days at work.
"For the worry of paying bills to not be hanging over their heads would make a world of difference," Ms Mitchell said.
As of November 28 the Go Fund Me campaign has raised $1815 of its $15,000 goal.
Website, 2 Nov 2018
Maeve Mitchell, Go Fund Me Campaign
Website, 28 Nov 2018
Bill Jackson, Ettalong Diggers