Community rallies around Gold Coast dad with terminal cancer

The Gold Coast community is rallying around a much-loved dad and husband with terminal brain cancer, so that he has a chance to watch his little boy grow up.

Nerang resident Adrian Woodley has been diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma, which is an aggressive form of brain tumor, with an average survival rate of around 12-18 months.

Since being diagnosed, Adrian has had a craniotomy resection to remove a lemon sized tumour, and has undertaken daily radiotherapy sessions as well as continuing chemotherapy.

Adrian’s wife Rachel told myGC that they received the shock diagnosis after the 35-year-old car builder began suffering severe headaches and nausea.

The young father’s battle has tugged on the heart strings of hundreds of locals, who have proven that hard times really do bring out the best in people.

Adrian’s former boss and fellow classic car buff Benjamin Atkinson started a gofundme page after learning the awful news, in the hope of raising at least $40,000 to help the family out at this tough time.

“Life… it can be a rollercoaster sometimes and after finding out that one of our team’s amazingly talented car builder and good friend who’s only in his 30’s has been diagnosed with stage 4 terminal brain cancer we all went into a loop to loop,” Mr Atkinson said.

“Adrian and his wife Rachel have not been able to work and have used their life savings to keep afloat, along with donations from friends and family to help with covering the mortgage and food vouchers.”

Gold Coast father Adrian Woodley has been diagnosed with stage 4 terminal brain cancer. PHOTO: GoFundMe | Adrian Woodley Vs The Big C.

Since starting the gofundme page on August 1, it has already raised more than $21,000 of its $40,000 goal, with Adrian revealing he and wife Rachel are overwhelmed by the support shown by the local community.

“Words cannot even express how grateful we are for the generosity shown by all who have donated,” Adrian said.

“This money will be used to help cover the bills which means we can spend more time together as a family and Rachel does not have to rush into full time work to cover expenses.”

Rachel told myGC that she’s the sole carer for her husband, which has made it hard for her to work.

“I’m lucky that my job is quite flexible, so I’ve been able to do some night shifts while Adrian and our five-year-old son Lincoln are in bed, but it’s still been really difficult,” she said.

Along with the gofundme page, friends have also organised a big “Cars and Coffee” fundraiser and auction which is taking place on the Gold Coast this Sunday.

“To think what Adrian and his family are going through and continue to, the financial stress they were instantly put under and faced with the possibility of losing their home we are putting together a fundraiser on the Gold Coast on the 22nd of September,” Mr Atkinson wrote.

“All donations will go directly towards the family to help them with bills, putting food on the table and keeping their home while they enjoy the time they have left together.”

Rachel said the fundraiser will see hundreds of members of car clubs around the coast bring their much-loved cars out to Seven82motors, where they will enjoy a coffee and chat all in a bid to raise money for Adrian.

A number of local businesses have also already donated a number of items for the upcoming auction, including a signed Gold Coast Titans Jersey, Brisbane Roar Jersey and Wallabies Jersey.

The fundraising event will kick off at 132 Spencer road, Nerang at 7.30am on Sunday with the Cars and Coffee event, followed by the auction at 9.00am, a Poker Run through Canungra at 10.30am and a luncheon where the prizes for the poker run will be announced.

Alternatively, you can donate to help Adrian and his family via the gofundme page here.

Police

Elderly woman missing from Elanora found safe and well

UPDATE @ September 17, 6.00 AM | An elderly woman reported missing from Elanora on Monday has been found.

Queensland Police confirmed the 75-year-old was located safe and well overnight.

Officers have thanked the media and members of the public for their help.

EARLIER @ September 16, 2.30 PM | Police are appealing for help from the public to help find a 74-year-old woman who has gone missing from Elanora.

The woman was last seen leaving a home on Guineas Creek Rd around 10.20am this morning.

Police say she suffers from a medical condition and they and her family hold concerns for her welfare.

She is described as Caucasian, around 156cm tall, proportionate build, with white hair and blue eyes, and was last seen wearing a grey long-sleeve top, black pants, black leather sneakers and was carrying a large brown leather bag at the time.

Anyone with information regarding her whereabouts is asked to urgently contact police.

If you have information for Police, please contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day.

You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

BUSHFIRE LATEST: Hinterland blazes now being treated as suspicious

The bushfires that have ravaged the Hinterland and destroyed 11 homes are being treated as suspicious.

Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll confirmed that a taskforce established last week is investigating the Hinterland blazes and whether it was the result of arson.

Commissioner Carroll told reporters on Sunday that a number of suspects had already been identified.

“We do have concerns with how the fire started,” Commissioner Carroll said.

“We do have an ongoing investigation, it’s quite a complex investigation.”

The Commissioner joined Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk in the Hinterland today to inspect the damage first-hand.

The fierce blaze tore through Beechmont and Binna Burra in the early hours of the morning last Saturday.

Ms Palaszczuk toured the site of the historic Binna Burra Lodge which was among the properties gutted in the fire.

The Premier also inspected Timbarra Drive at Beechmont where most of the homes were lost.

She says help is being provided to those who lost everything.

“Some people here have lost their worldly possessions, but they haven’t lost their lives,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“They’ll be able to rebuild and we will help them rebuild.”

A taskforce has already been established to help the Binna Burra Lodge rebuild and provide assistance to the dozens of employees who are now out of work.

The Premier also had rare praise for insurance companies who she says have responded quickly to the disaster.

She has also urged Queenslanders to dig deep and donate to the Bushfire Appeal.

“Already through our disaster funding over 200,00 has already gone out to people in need

“I met some families today that asked what more can be done and what more can be down is if Queenslanders could give generously, every single dollar counts.”

The Premier’s latest visit comes as conditions ease significantly.

While fires are still burning in several locations, crews have the upper hand after a tense couple of weeks.

But officials are also warning that conditions could deteriorate again over coming days.

Warmer temperatures and strong northerly winds are forecast from Monday and Tuesday before a southerly change moves through on Tuesday afternoon.

Showers are also likely late on Tuesday however the rainfall won’t be enough to finally put the bushfires out with only 1 millimetre expected.

Qld premier defends trip amid fire crisis

Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has returned to Queensland, defending a trip to Switzerland to sell the state’s bid to host the 2032 Olympics that she later cut short.

Ms Palaszczuk met on Thursday with fire crews who for days have battled a Sunshine Coast inferno that was allegedly lit by two teenagers.

She said she couldn’t have sent anyone in her place.

“I had to do my job and as soon as I could leave I left and came straight back,” she told reporter at Peregian Beach on Thursday.

“When I left here I was thoroughly briefed, the communities were calm, I did not know that people were going to light illegal bushfires.”

She warned high winds and temperatures five to eight degrees hotter than usual will set in next week, and could cause further havoc in about half of the bone-dry state.

Ms Palaszczuk also wants parents to talk to their children about the dire consequences of setting fires after two teens were charged for allegedly starting the Peregian blaze that forced thousands to flee and gutted an elderly woman’s home.

Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll said a task force set up to determine whether any of the fires were deliberately lit is looking closely at 22 separate blazes.

“Thirteen have been obviously as a result of either a careless, deliberate, sometimes just reckless and accidental fires that have started,” she said.

“We have charged two adults, and thirteen juveniles have been dealt with.”

© AAP 2019

Dog Paw Cage

Homeless pet problem up for discussion at Getting 2 Zero summit

Every year in Australia, hundreds of thousands of healthy and treatable cats and dogs are euthanized in pounds, shelters and vet clinics.

In fact, an estimated 45,000 dogs and 95,000 cats are euthanized every year in shelters across the country.

It’s a horrifying statistic and one that delegates at the 8th national Getting 2 Zero (G2Z) summit on the Gold Coast this week are hoping to change.

G2Z is a national program aimed at preventing the unnecessary euthanasia of unwanted pets in Australian pounds and shelters by providing strategies, support and resources to those involved in animal management and welfare.

Animal Welfare League Queensland’s Strategic Director Dr. Joy Verrinder said the Gold Coast is leading the way when it comes to reducing the euthanasia rate of healthy and treatable cats and dogs.

“The Gold Coast has lot to be proud of and currently has the lowest euthanasia rate in Australia,” she told myGC.

“In 2001, 32% of dogs and 57% of cats were euthanized at pounds and shelters on the Gold Coast. Today, only 5% of dogs and 7 % cats are euthanized, and this is due to irremediable suffering or because the animal is incredibly aggressive.

“The summit is chance for us to share strategies the Gold Coast has implemented with other communities around the country in order to continue lowering the rate of euthanasia.”

Delegates at this year’s event will also hear from a number international expert speakers including Kristen Hassen-Auerbach – Director of Animal Services, Pima Animal Care Center, USA, Dr Holly Putnam – Chief Medical Officer for Emancipet, USA, Trish McMillan  – Animal Behaviourist and Trainer, Loehr Animal Behavior, USA, and Rosemarie Crawford  – Co-founder and Director of Educational Programs, National Kitten Coalition, USA.

Nell Thompson, G2Z Coordinator, said the Summit provides a rare opportunity to tap into the wealth of knowledge and experience these international experts are bringing to Australia.

“There is great lineup of local speakers presenting on a diverse array of issues. There are no other events like this in the Australasian region and G2Z is proud to deliver an economically viable professional development and networking experience that can facilitate best practice outcomes for homeless pets around the country,” she said.

“Attendance at the Summit is beneficial for people involved in companion animal policy and practice – including individuals working in all levels of government, not for profit welfare, the shelter and rescue sector, plus the research, academic and veterinary professions and the pet industry.”

The 8th National G2Z Summit is on at the Mantra on View Hotel from 11 – 13 September 2019. For more information, visit: g2z.org.au/