10th October 2023.
I rise today to bring attention to an event that embodies the indomitable spirit of our community. On the 4th of November, Picton Showground will host a fundraiser for a brave young boy, Austin Wood, diagnosed with quadriplegic cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and dystonia. This event is not just a testament to Austin's resilience but also to the Wood family’s courage and the community's boundless compassion. The fundraiser will include a car and bike show, food trucks, children’s entertainment, and more. All proceeds will go toward Austin's stem-cell treatment in Bangkok, which aims to improve his quality of life significantly. While the therapy may not cure him, it represents hope—a precious commodity for the Wood family and others dealing with similar hardships. This is a family-friendly event with entry via a gold coin donation. I extend my sincerest gratitude to all who support this cause, including the Tahmoor Lions Club and the countless volunteers who are making the event possible. Let's continue to rally behind Austin and his family as they embark on this journey.