Fundraising bowls day for Tamworth's Chloe Brown

HELPING HANDS: A fundraising bowls day will be held at Tamworth City Bowling Club on Saturday for Katie and Matt Brown and daughter Chloe, 5, who contracted mastoiditis last year. Photo: Peter Hardin 201216PHD009
HELPING HANDS: A fundraising bowls day will be held at Tamworth City Bowling Club on Saturday for Katie and Matt Brown and daughter Chloe, 5, who contracted mastoiditis last year. Photo: Peter Hardin 201216PHD009

THE Tamworth community is rolling into action as it continues to support little Chloe Brown.

The five-year-old contracted mastoiditis last August, which put her in Westmead Children’s Hospital in Sydney for 112 nights, where she was faced with just a slight chance of survival.

Though she’s now returned home to Tamworth and beaten those odds, Chloe faces a long road to recovery. 

Local residents have since thrown their support behind Chloe and her family.

Five-year-old Chloe Brown.

Five-year-old Chloe Brown.

In December, the Browns led the charge for 112 locals to donate blood to the Tamworth Red Cross to help boost critical stocks that gave Chloe “a good shot at recovery”.

It was there that Blood Blank volunteer Joan Bailey came to know the Brown family, who also happened to live on the same street as her.

“I volunteer at the Blood Bank and one of the staff said to me, do you know my friends, the Browns because they live on the same street as you,” Ms Bailey said.

“They showed me a photo of Chloe attached to every machine known to man and without (some) of her skull, and it broke my heart.

“I went to the bowling club the next day and told (fellow board member) Ces Wales, and we took it to the board.”

The pair got the ball rolling to hold a fundraiser for Chloe and her family, and will host a charity bowls day at the Tamworth City Bowling Club this Saturday, in conjunction with the Tamworth Social Bowling Club.

“Businesses have donated tremendously,” Ms Bailey said.

“The Browns want to make Saturday a thankyou to Tamworth for the support they’ve had. They’re a very humble family.”

The day consists of a game of bowls with an entry fee of $20, which includes a barbecue lunch with salad.

All proceeds will go directly towards Chloe and the Brown family to assist with ongoing medical costs.

Ms Bailey encouraged everyone – including non-bowlers for a social game of barefoot bowls –  to come along and support the “beautiful little girl” and her family.

Chloe, her parents and younger brother Charlie will be there on the day. 

There will be a mega raffle with prizes donated from across the Tamworth business community. To nominate, can phone Cec Wales on 0427 663 257 or Joan Bailey on 0427 341 778.