Samuel L Jackson gets behind Toowoomba battler
NOT everyone can say they've got the support of Hollywood star Samuel L. Jackson.
A young girl with cerebral palsy has enlisted the support of famous personalities from around the world.
The family of Trinity Grace Harding took to social media in a bid to get her the therapy she desperately needs.
Her father Brendon Harding posted about the five-year-old's case on Twitter and was shocked when Samuel L. Jackson tweeted about her.
Other celebrities have also supported the young girl with Kenny actor Shane Jacobson posting a photo on Facebook of himself holding a sign which read "hello Trinity love Shane xxx".
Boxer Danny Green has also offered his support.
Trinity's father was born in Toowoomba and he recently broke his back in the city while tree-lopping.
He's been bed-bound since then and used the opportunity to start a fundraising campaign.
Mr Harding said while support from the government was welcome, there was a gap which meant Trinity couldn't get the therapy she needed.
He started a social media campaign to enlist the help of strangers and a Facebook page which now has hundreds of followers.
Trinity's Twitter account is growing at a rate of about five followers each hour.
Danny Green has been a big supporter, retweeting posts, with Mr Harding saying the boxer had a "big heart".
Cerebral palsy is a physical disability that affects movement and posture.
It's the result of a combination of events either before, during or after birth that can lead to an injury in a baby's developing brain.
When Trinity was born her heart stopped beating and she had to be revived.
She had to be fed through a tube and the first few years of her life were tough.
Trinity, who lives in Ipswich but often visits her grandparents in Toowoomba, walks with the help of a frame and can talk a little bit.
But the girl is a fighter and is currently at kindergarten.
Next year she will attend a state school.
Government grants pay for her to do physiotherapy once a month, but her progress is limited.
Mr Harding said more therapy could make the world of difference.
"If we can really pump the therapy into her between now and February it will really help her."
Her father said she was inspirational.
"She's uplifting and every day she has a smile on her face, nothing gets her down.
"It's my goal to have her moving around and communicating better by the time she starts school."
Mr Harding confessed he was a "bit of a crook" in his youth but has since turned over a new leaf.
"Since I've been doing this (fundraising) I've met the nicest people on the planet.
"I had an epiphany because the people I've met through this have been amazing."
He now wants to help other families of people with cerebral palsy.
"It could really change their lives," he said.
"If a child gets therapy for three months that kid will benefit for years.
"This is the best job I've ever had. I've never had a job that I've enjoyed.
"It doesn't pay but at the end of the day I'd rather be doing that and earning nothing than anything else."
Mr Harding has learnt a lot about social media since he began the campaign, setting up his first Twitter account and YouTube channel.
The videos feature Trinity doing things "doctors said she would never do".
Mr Harding said numerous businesses, including many from Toowoomba, had donated goods which Trinity would give back to the community.
If you want to help Trinity get the therapy she needs visit gofundme.com/assisttrinitygrace.