SOME of the Sunshine Coast's best sportsmen have banded together to help Finn Smith. Finn is fighting for his life with meningococcal disease, and the sporting community has chipped in to raise funds for him and his family. Stockland Park Sunshine Coast Stadium will host the Kickin' In 4 Finn fundraiser this morning.
It is a joint effort of the Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles, Sunshine Coast Gympie Rugby League, Queensland Rubgy Union and Sunshine Coast Fire. Organisers are hoping to raise $10,000 from the event, which will include coaching sessions, giveaways, and meet and greets with players. Sea Eagles CEO Chris Flannery and SCGRL CEO James Ward have agreed to be handcuffed together until the fundraising goal is met. The event will run from 9am to noon. The first 75 $10 donors will receive a Kickin' In 4 Finn T-shirt. Olympian Paul Fleming is raffling off two one-hour personal boxing sessions with himself.
Entries cost $2 and the prize will be drawn on December 20. Paul said his 11-week-old son became ill about three weeks ago.
"He got a viral infection," Paul said. "For two weeks he was on a drip, his blood went septic. But we eventually got him home and he's doing all right now. "Not long after that, we heard about Finn, and we were just so thankful that he was all well, but it was very scary at the time. Being in that situation, not knowing what was going to happen, it's really scary for a parent.
"After we got home and we heard about it, my partner Bianca said we should do a fundraiser and she organised it all. "I've got two babies, a 20-month-old girl and an 11-week-old boy, and thankfully they're both good. (Finn's) poor family, they must be going through so much. Anything we can do to help." You can enter by visiting Paul's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/paul.fleming.18. Meanwhile, Eagles Boys will donate $1 from every pizza sold at its Sunshine Coast stores on Wednesday to Finn's family.
Eagle Boys outlets at Beerwah, Caloundra, Currimundi, Nambour, Palmwoods, Coolum, Cooroy and Tewantin are all taking part in the charity event.
Sunshine Coast Daily