IT’S a living nightmare you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy.
Being told a loved one has just a two per cent chance of surviving a shock diagnosis of a brain infection is something no person deserves.
But it’s a reality for one Tamworth family, whose little girl is inspiring the community with her fighting spirit and determination.
Five-year-old Chloe Brown contracted mastoiditis last August.
It put her in Westmead Children’s Hospital in Sydney for 112 nights.
Her family were given their most-treasured Christmas present early when she was discharged in December.
Chloe continues to defy the odds, but has a long road ahead of her.
But it’s the ongoing support from the Tamworth community – be it friends, neighbours or even complete strangers – who are helping this family in their hour of need.
A chance meeting between a local bowling club board member and the Brown family has led to a major fundraising bowls day being held this Saturday.
Organiser Joan Bailey is hoping locals of all bowling abilities can roll out to Tamworth City Bowling Club for the charity day, with all proceeds going directly to the Brown family.
Businesses have already pledged overwhelming support for the cause, by donating a swag of prizes for the major raffle.
It would be even more humbling to see residents support the charity day just as much.
Tamworth has shown its true colours at dark times in the past.
When the odds are down, locals band together to do what they can to help one of their own.
We only need to look at the incredible generosity of local farmers who donated truckloads of hay earlier this week to victims of the Sir Ivan fire to realise how generous our community can be.
Tamworth, we’ve seen you do it before.
And we know you’ve got it in you.
Let’s help give Chloe and her family every fighting chance we can.
The day consists of a game of bowls with an entry fee of $20, which includes a barbecue lunch with salad.
Anyone who can, should roll out in support for the “beautiful little girl” and her family.
To nominate to bowl in the charity fundraiser, phone Cec Wales on 0427 663 257 or Joan Bailey on 0427 341 778.