Tweed paramedic Toni Smith with Tweed Heads Bowls Club’s Emma Payne and Tweed Heads Fire station officer .
Tweed paramedic Toni Smith with Tweed Heads Bowls Club’s Emma Payne and Tweed Heads Fire station officer .

Chris Perrin needs community help

TWEED Heads firefighter Chris Perrin has called on the community to eat out to help out this weekend.

Tweed Heads emergency services and the Tweed Heads Bowls Club will team up to raise money for 12-year-old Mitch Cavanagh and his family.

Red T-shirt Day will see staff at the club dress in red on Saturday and Sunday, with $1 from each meal to be donated to the Cavanagh family.

Mitch’s father Steve Cavanagh said his son was diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) this year and was confined to a bed in Royal North Shore Hospital in constant pain.

The syndrome, known also as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), has no known cause or cure and is treated with a concoction of drugs as well as physiotherapy.

Mr Perrin, who has been a firefighter in Tweed Heads with Mr Cavanagh for almost seven years, said $15,000 was raised at a fundraising night at the Ivory Tavern last month.

“With the fundraisers, we are trying to ensure they have no financial stress to worry about,” he said.

“The Tweed Heads Bowls Club gave us raffle prizes for that night and they came up with the idea about a fundraising weekend.

“We are now looking at doing something annually to assist those in need in our district.

“We hope to get other clubs on board with the Red T-shirt Day next year and make it an annual event.”



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