Fundraising to get 4yo twins Matthew & Harry to Avene, France

FOUR-YEAR-OLD Gold Coast Twins Matthew and Harry have known little other than discomfort and pain, all their lives, suffering from severe eczema and life-threatening allergies.

As a result of a massive community campaign led by family friend Marion Andersson, in June this year the boys – along with single mum Melanie and the boys Grandma who is a registered nurse – will travel to the renowned Avene Hydrotherapy Centre* in France where they will receive treatment for their debilitating eczema and allergies over a period of 21 days.

It will be the first of three visits over the next three years that could potentially change their lives forever.


myGC highlighted the boys campaign, Two Little Boys to Avene, earlier this year and their story has gone on to touch the hearts of thousands of people across the world.



Matthew & Harry

Four-year-old twins Matthew & Harry already have their bags packed, ready for their first trip to France for treatment in June. PICTURE: Supplied.

Marion has spent the past few months tirelessly trying to raise the money needed to fund the boy’s current and future flights, treatment and stay in France.

Fight Like a Pro are going all out to ‘take a punch’ for Harry and Matthew, at an entertaining boxing event at Jupiter’s Casino on Saturday, March 29.

Ben Illes of Benjamin Constructions on the Gold Coast is the driving force behind the latest event in support of the twins and the event will also feature a massive auction with thousands of dollars worth of items up for grabs, all powered by Erebus Motorsport. Details of the auction can be found at the bottom of this article.

A range of seating options are available at various prices. To help support the brothers cause, book your tickets by either phoning 07 5568 0000, emailing or visiting the Fight Like A Pro website.

Already, close to $30,000 has been raised in donations and, thanks to the generous support of the Gold Coast community, the young brothers were also announced as winners of an additional $5,000 Sunsuper Dreams grant after more than 5,600 people voted for them to win.

Two little boys to Avene

Matthew & Harry suffer from life-threatening allergies. PICTURE: Supplied

Gold Coast comedian and entertainer Col Elliot volunteered his time and headlined a massive fundraiser at Runaway Bay Leagues Club on February 15, which included performances from Goldie & The Bear and Dean Vegas (A – A Tribute to Elvis).


You can also support the boys by participating in the Gold Coast Airport Marathon on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 July. To find out more, visit the “Walk to support Matthew & Harry” event page on Facebook.

You can also help the family by donating through

For more information on the twin’s condition, current situation, and to follow their progress, you can read more on their Facebook Page, “Two Little Boys to Avene“.

*The Avene clinic is known for it’s success in treating their allergy patients with water sourced from a local spring, under the direction of Dermatologists.

MOTORSPORT AUCTION – Powered by Erebus Motorsport. The three top prizes include;

(1) A ‘hot lap’ with Lee Holdsworth in his #4 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG V8 Supercar at the Erebus corporate ride day. These days are held at the Queensland Raceway in Ipswich in early August (exact date to be announced) , at the Sydney Motorsport Park on August 25, and at Calder Park in Melbourne on September 16.

(2) A Lee Holdsworth signed 2013 race suit. This is the suit that Holdsworth wore at the 2013 Clipsal 500 race – the first official V8 race for Erebus Motorsport.

(3) Four tickets to the Queensland Raceway V8 Supercar Event on August 1-3, which includes a behind the scenes pit tour of the Erebus Motorsport Garage, a Meet & Greet with Lee Holdsworth and four Grid Walk passes to get out on the track.


• Founded in 2011.
• Won 2013 Bathurst 12 Hour.
• Won six races in the 2013 Australian GT Championship.
• Won on debut with Mika Hakkinen in the 2013 GT Asia Series at Zhuhai (China).
• Brought AMG Customer Sports to the V8 Supercars Championship from 2013.
• Awarded 2011’s AMG Customer Sports Program ‘Best Presented Car’.
• In Greek mythology, Erebus (darkness) is the father of Light (Ether), the son of Chaos and the brother of Eros – the love God.