Friends rally for stroke victim
MURWILLUMBAH’S Matthew Reynolds suffered between eight and 10 strokes after collapsing at work on December 9, 2010.
The father of two is now a paraplegic undergoing treatment in Brisbane’s Princess Alexandria Hospital, while his wife Tania has been left with the emotional and financial fallout.
But his old friends Laurie and Tracey Smith, Adam Spicer, Michael Singh and brother Andrew Reynolds have rallied to organise a benefit day for him at the RSL-owned and operated Murwillumbah Bowls Club on May 28.
Ms Smith said her first response to his condition was shock, but also sadness as she feared the worst.
“It’s pleasant to know he’s recovering, because I didn’t think he would,” she said.
“I know Tania’s struggling, so we’d like to do whatever we can to help with medical bills, a wheelchair or anything else so she can worry about the important things.
“We could hold a benefit every weekend and it would never be enough.”
“With the benefit, we’re not going to make a million dollars for him; that’s expected, but I think we can make a positive contribution.
Ms Reynolds said normally with the number of strokes her husband suffered “people don’t even make it to hospital”.
The benefit day will run from 3pm to 6pm.
For more information or donations contact the Smiths on (07) 3818 7650 or Michael Singh on 0416 196 760.
‘We could hold a benefit every weekend and it would never be enough’