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www.times.co.nz Howick and Botany Times, Wednesday, November 7, 2012 --- 5 117997-V2 This Sun 11th and Mon 12th November This will be your very last opportunity to secure a brand new home at Omokoroa Country Estate --- come talk to us now! FORMER Howickian Shane Carbery has been living on the Gold Coast with his wife Allie and teenage chil- dren Amy and Luke for fve years. A few months ago, the 43-year-old saw a doctor about a niggling medical issue and after many tests he was told he has a rapid form of motor neuron disease (MND). In July, specialists delivered Shane the shocking news that the condition, which destroys cells that control vol- untary muscle movement, would claim his life within 18 months. The former Macleans College stu- dent is ineligible for Australian pub- lic medical assistance and coming back to New Zealand isn’t possible. Close friends of the Carberys in Howick have formed a committee organising a fundraising auction and family day at Bucklands Beach Com- munity Hall on November 11. Committee member Kelly Lloyd says planning the event has helped the group of 10 distract themselves from the heartbreaking reality of Shane’s diagnosis. “We’ve got a really close-knit group of friends and they are the patriarch and matriarch,” says Kelly. “They’re like family, so when we heard the news, we all just went into lockdown. I can’t think too deeply about what’s happening. We want to do everything we can to support them.” The committee goal is to raise $50,000 for the family and enable Allie to quit her job to care for her husband full-time. The couple is struggling to make ends meet, so their friends from across the Tasman are chipping in to pay for necessities like power and water. “The bottom line is Allie needs to give up work to look after Shane,” says long-time friend Carmen Hon- our. “He’s in pain through the night. He’s cramping and spasming. He’s not quite wheelchair-bound, but he’s getting there. Every day he can feel a difference.” The fundraiser from 3-6pm is called Shane’s Paragon after a restau- rant he loves and because his friends think “paragon”, which is a fawless type of diamond, is a ftting descrip- tion of him. “He’s so incredibly brave,” says Kelly. “He’s handling it like an abso- lute king for his family.” There will be a cake stall, sausage sizzle and entertainment during the afternoon, together with the live auction run by champion Harcourts auctioneer Alan Owens, and a silent auction. Items up for grabs include fshing charters, holiday getaways, scenic fights, hair salon vouchers and land- scape gardening. Friends have paid for Shane and Allie to fy over from the Gold Coast and they’re spending a night at Waipuna Hotel, where they got mar- ried 17 years ago, to celebrate their wedding anniversary. “They’re real East Auckland, through and through,” says Kelly, who’s known the couple since she was a teenager. “There was never really Allie with- out Shane. I only knew her for a year before Shane came on the scene.” Kelly is in daily email contact with Allie and says the emotional and fnancial strain on the family is becoming more obvious. “She’s hanging in there. When I rang her about this [fundraising event], she just cried. She said, ‘Kelly, we need help. We’re not proud’.” Posters are being pinned up across East Auckland in the hope people will go to the fundraiser to support the Carberys. “Allie needs to be with Shane and not worry about putting food on the table,” says Carmen. “We’re trying to allow them to have space and time together while they can.” Carmen and Kelly told the Times they’ve been blown away by the support they’ve had so far from the Howick and wider East Auckland community. It has included dona- tions of goods and services for the auctions, as well as fnancial contri- butions from “complete strangers”. “One guy slipped a $100 note on the counter at a cafe we’d been to,” says Kelly. “Stuff like that just restores your faith in humans. There are a lot of good people out there.” “It doesn’t matter that Shane and Allie are living in Australia,” adds Carmen. “People don’t care. They want to help.” Tickets to this Sunday’s fundraiser for the Carberys at Bucklands Beach Community Hall, 48 The Parade, 3-6pm, cost $10 for adults and chil- dren are free. Phone Angela Law on 027-283-8063 or Briar Norton- Taylor on 021-167-8834. Donations can be made to an ASB bank account called Shane’s Paragon. The account number is 12-3615-0006613-00. Shane Carbery, second from left, has about 18 months to live after being diagnosed with motor neuron disease. A fundraising event is being held this Sunday for the former Howickian now living on the Gold Coast with his family, wife Allie and children Amy and Luke. Photos supplied Coming to the aid of a mate "He's so incredibly brave. He's handling it like an absolute king for his family." -- Kelly Lloyd, Carbery family friend Friends of a Kiwi family facing a devastating health diagnosis in Australia have banded together to help, reports Rebecca Gardiner.
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