Town to show its big heart during appeal

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LOCAL CONNECTION TO APPEAL: Cody O’Donoghue (pictured front) is like any other three year old boy with a bubbly personality and cheeky smile, disguising the fact he is a heart kid. The annual Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal has special meaning to the O’Donoghue family including mum Melissa and Cody’s sisters Holly (6) and Faith (8). They are among a strong community who will support Boorhaman’s annual fundraising event along with children (from left) Darby Parr, Emily Lewis, Matilda Lewis, Quinn Scotti (obscured), Ollie Parr, Georgina Blake, Ted Clayton, John Blake, Isobel Gorman and Chloe Clayton. PHOTO: Emma Hillier

DESPITE its status as a tiny rural township, Boorhaman is gearing up to show the rest of the state how big a heart it has during this year’s Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal.

The town has made a name for itself in recent years with a monster fundraising event at the local pub, matching fundraising totals of regional cities with thousands of people.

For many Boorhaman locals – which has a large catchment area throughout the farming district – the annual event has a special meaning.

The O’Donoghue family of Boorhaman North is one of those families, with parents Melissa and Brendan having spent some time at the Royal Children’s Hospital in the past three years with son Cody.

“He was born with severe pulmonary stenosis, meaning his heart was getting less oxygen than it should have been,” Melissa said.

“He had his first procedure at six days old and then his second procedure at six weeks old.”


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