Community care for Chevy

FAMILY: Kloey Jones holding Lyrik Kennedy, Chevy Kennedy with father Josh Kennedy, and Jade Buswell with Nevaeh Kennedy. Chevy is battling Cerebral Palsy and requires Corrective Eye Surgery to fix his eyesight.

FAMILY: Kloey Jones holding Lyrik Kennedy, Chevy Kennedy with father Josh Kennedy, and Jade Buswell with Nevaeh Kennedy. Chevy is battling Cerebral Palsy and requires Corrective Eye Surgery to fix his eyesight.

A young boy who has overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges in his life stands proudly surrounded by family friends.

That boy is Chevy Kennedy, who was given just a 5 per cent chance of surviving after he was born weighing just 600 grams.

The “little soldier”, as his parents refer to him, was born with cerebral palsy. But despite doubts that he wouldn’t live, let alone walk and talk past the age of 1, Chevy is now an active and happy 7 year old.

They’ve always done this on their own, they have never asked for help anywhere. This time we just wanted to give back. - Jade Buswell

However, he’s going to need more support for the community to overcome his next big challenge.

Chevy will soon undergo Corrective Eye Surgery, meaning his family will bare the burnt of expensive surgeries, accommodation and living costs while he’s away from home.

A friend of the family, Jade Buswell, has organised a fundraiser to help with the financial strain.

“They’ve always done this on their own, they have never asked for help anywhere. This time we just wanted to give back,” she said.

The fundraiser, set to be held on August 5, will include a cake stall and a sausage sizzle.

“We’ve got Lucky Squares to start off with, and will also have a guess how many jellybeans jar. We’ve been donated a lot of prizes, one of our biggest was a $700 package from Marion Holiday Home,” she said.

Donation tins to support Chevy have been placed at a variety of local cafes, with the family aiming to raise upwards of $3000.

Chevy’s mother Kloey Jones said Chevy has lung issues which impact on surgery.

“If we got through the Women’s and Children’s hospital it can be quite a while to get an appointment,” she said.

“That’s why we have opted to go private this time, so he can get his eyes corrected and pick up more at school and see a lot better.”

The fundraiser will be held from 11am-2pm at Woolworths on Viscount Slim Avenue.

Donation tins will be located at Williams Street Deli, Jenkins Deli, Central Deli on Playford Avenue, George Avenue Deli, and Baker’s Delight.

If you would like to make a donation online, visit the family’s GoFundMe page.

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