As many of us prepare for a Christmas around friends and family, the Viggor family from Yarrawonga will be spending their Christmas away from home in St Vincents Hospital in Melbourne while young father Michael undergoes treatment for Acute Myeloid Leukemia.
Michael, who is affectionally known as Mick, is due to spend several weeks in hospital with partner Jess Milne and young son Mason by his side while he undergoes treatment.
Mick’s life was suddenly changed after he had a blood test in Yarrawonga and was immediately called back into the local medical clinic where he was given his diagnosis and then airlifted to Melbourne for urgent treatment.
In trying times for Mick and his family, management and staff of Hargreaves Joinery have decided to raise money to support the family during this difficult time.
Mick is a loyal and valued staff member and friend of the Hargreaves team, working at the company for more than 10 years, so understandably the team were rocked to recently learn that he had been diagnosed with the awful disease and wanted to do something to help.
Director Catherine Hargreaves said to support Mick and Jess with their significant out of pocket expenses and to soften the blow of having to spend Christmas in hospital, the team at Hargreaves were planning a fundraising event.
On Friday, December 22 they will host an end of year BBQ between 12 and 2pm with all proceeds donated to Mick and his family.
“We would like to invite all the trades people of Yarrawonga and Mulwala as well as anyone else in the community who would like to come along to support Mick and Jess,” Catherine said.
“The Lions Club are generously donating their time and facilities to cook up a BBQ lunch and we hope to have some other activities planned for the afternoon including jumping castle and raffles.
“With it being so close to Christmas, it’s an opportunity for people to have a catch up before they knock off for the year and show their support.”
In another incentive to attend the BBQ lunch, Hargreaves apprentice Austin Frauenfelder has also vowed to shave off his glorious locks if the team can raise $1000.
Catherine said that if they were to reach the target she and partner Nev would then match that with a further $1000.
“Any help people could provide would be fantastic,” Catherine said.
“Mick and his family are great people and don’t deserve to be going through this horrible experience especially at this time of year so if you can, please donate.”
If you are unable to come along to the fundraising day but would like to show your support to Mick and Jess with a donation please deposit the donation to the dedicated account set-up for fundraising at the Commonwealth Bank to account 063- 537 1019 4587.