Community rallies behind family in need

Lee Schwenke (centre) accepts the cheque from WDJRL president Dave Landers and secretary Rob Weaver on behalf of the Spencer family, with Tre Bonnetto and Heath Green (front).
Lee Schwenke (centre) accepts the cheque from WDJRL president Dave Landers and secretary Rob Weaver on behalf of the Spencer family, with Tre Bonnetto and Heath Green (front). Amy Kadel

SERIOUS illness often has a deep economic, as well as an emotional, toll on families.

Keeley Spencer, 14, had her first heart surgery when she was only days old and has been in and out of hospital since.

The Warwick and District Junior Rugby League Club has generously raised funds to help ease the financial impact on her family.

The group handed a $4000 cheque to the family last Saturday.

The WDJRL committee decided before the 2016 finals that all proceeds raised by admission fees would be donated to help the family, which has long been involved in the sport.

WDJRL president Dave Landers presented the cheque to Lee Schwenke, who accepted the cheque on the Spencer family's behalf.

Mr Landers said the club was happy to be able to help the family.

"As soon as we heard about it, we had no hesitation in raising money for Keeley at all,” Mr Landers said.

"It will make day-to-day living easier.”

The Texas community recently launched the 1000 Hundred Ways to Show Keeley and Her Family That We Care campaign.

Keeley's parents, Jack and Susie Spencer, have been both overwhelmed by the support they have received and grateful for any assistance acknowledging the tough time they are going through.

Donations can be made to YouCaring by searching Keeley Spencer, by cheque to the "Keeley Spencer Fund” and post to PO Box 81, Texas, QLD, 4385 or direct debit to Keeley Spencer Fund - BSB: 084 943, Account number: 789002029.

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