“LAUGHTER is the best medicine for eczema and allergies,” says Gold Coast comedian Col Elliot.
While this may not be clinically correct, for four-year-old Gold Coast twins, Harry and Matthew, it offers a huge stepping stone in a life-changing journey to treating their debilitating illnesses.
Matthew and Harry are afflicted with a severe form of eczema all over their bodies as well as multiple life threatening allergies, affecting most areas of their daily life.
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The local community of Santa Barbara and surrounds have come together to support the twins, resulting in an inspiring rally of support, with the aim of assisting the boys.
The iconic, self-confessed madman, larrikin and legendary funny man Col Elliott is volunteering his time to put on a big night out to fund-raise for the boys.
Funds raised will assist in giving the boys the aid and relief they so desperately need, including a treatment at the renowned Avene Clinic in France, where over 2500 people receive help and assistance each year.
Three full weeks of intensive treatment at the centre will aim to reduce the severity of their conditions and susceptibility to allergies, which in turn will help free the boys from pain and daily suffering.
“I have grandkids of my own and when I heard about the plight of these two beautiful boys, I had to do something,” Elliot said.
“I feel very privileged to be able to help them and promise everyone a night filled with laughs, good music, and appearances by some of the best Gold Coast musos.
“This will be the launch of the boys ‘journey to Avene’. Dean Vegas, Goldie and the Bear, and several other great talents will do a few numbers, so we are really looking forward to a great night out for all,” he said.
The show has proved to be very popular, with just 40 tickets left for standing room only.
To contribute to the cause, grab your tickets now and enjoy a good night out at the Runaway Bay Junior Leagues Club. For tickets, call 07-55374844.
Mother of the twins, Melanie has said that she is overwhelmed by the support received.
“Eczema is stressful, expensive and debilitating. In addition, it has little understanding in the community, so for people to show such kindness and generosity towards the boys is in itself, a tremendous step forward and warmly welcomed,” Melanie said.
Under the direction of the twins GP and Paediatric Allergy specialist, Melanie with the assistance of her own mother, Anne (a registered nurse), remain diligent in exercising the 24-hour regime of extensive medication, bandaging and treatments, which are all Harry and Matthew have known since birth.
Also, due to their condition, the boy’s primary source of nutrition is prescription formula. As a result of this high end care and to minimise exposure to uncontrolled environments, commencing school this year is not an option.
Nevertheless, despite the many adversities and their inability to sleep through the nights, Harry and Matthew remain ever vibrant – their daily struggles are not what defines them, but more their ability to live each day full of happiness.
‘Two Little Boys To Avene’ has been registered as an individual cause and granted a permit to Fund Raise under the Act. (Sanctioned to Fund Raise and registered under The Collections Act Permit Nr CP5843. Promoters M Andersson, E Bernasconi, J Harris.)
However, due to not having an ABN, it does not qualify for grants that are available to large associations and organizations.
Therefore, the cause is dependent on financial contributions and donations from the community, which are welcomed through the Fundraising Page: https://give.everydayhero.com/au/friends-of-matthew-and-harry
You can follow the twins progress through their dedicated Facebook Page “Two Little Boys To Avene“.
The following are some of the supportive community events that are currently underway to assist the twins on their journey:-
- COL ELLIOTT & Friends show – ‘Laughter is the Best Medicine’ – 15 Feb 7.30PM – Runaway Bay Junior Leagues Club. Tickets 07-55374844. Appearances by DEAN VEGAS & many GC musos, raffles, etc.
- VIBE Waterfront Bar & Restaurant – 30 March 2PM Sunday Session – MEGA RAFFLE DRAWN – prizes donated by local businesses – more details to come
- Spotlight Theatre – charity fundraising night 22nd October – ‘Sweeney Todd, the musical’.
- Southport Sharks – a plaque dedicated to the twins is erected on the wishing well and all proceeds from Dec to end of Feb will go to the cause.
- Wine and cheese evening – information to be finalized
- Fashion Show – information to be finalized