The family of Shaun Dunworth from Ramelton who is hospitalised in Sydney after sustaining life-threatening injuries in July said that he continues to make good progress.
Shaun who spoke to his parents last week for the first time since his accident has now been moved to the neuroscience ward at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney for a period of further treatment and assessment.
Meanwhile, on Snapchat on Monday night he was able to witness the huge turnout at the all-star dance in aid of his recovery fund at the Silver Tassie Hotel where 700 turned up to lend their support and contribute to the fund.
And as the lights went out in Steve’s Café just after 7.30pm on Monday evening for the first time in a generation it was the signal for the townsfolk to get on the road for the Silver Tassie for a night to remember… and it was just that extra special with the news that Shaun is doing well.
It was also time to reflect on the astounding community spirit that abounds and makes them so very unique in so many special ways.
Shaun has also been able to text his family and they are delighted that he is now off ‘the danger list’ at the hospital.
Already the Go Fund Me page has clocked up €55,389 and a number of other fundraisers have also contributed in a very big way.
Geraldine McGee and the family circle who were at the Silver Tassie on Monday night to witness the massive outpouring of support.
And in a very special moment Paul McCahill got the family out on to the centre of the dance floor where they were embraced by the huge crowd.
Geraldine said that mere words failed them when it came to thanking all those who’ve done so much for the family in the past five weeks.
Thanks to all who contributed to the fund: the organisers of events in the various pubs: to the Silver Tassie: the musicians, Celtic Storm: Robert Mizzell: Jimmy Buckley: Gary Gamble: Jason and Paul McCahill: Martin Orr and to the main organiser Anthony McCahill whose imprint has been written large on all the fundraising efforts.
A special word of thanks goes to Ciaran Blaney and the Silver Tassie Staff for their work during the night; to those who donated the prizes for the raffle and all who bought the tickets.
The generosity of the small Ramelton community has been enormous and the Dunworth family are deeply indebted to everyone for their help and support.
Thanks go to McFadden’s Busses for their service to the Silver Tassie on Monday night and their generosity added to the sense of the spirit of goodwill that is so essential in Shaun’s recovery.
Thanks to Fr. Michael Carney and Fr. Desmond Sweeney and local man, Fr. Declan Boyce for their support and to all those that attended the special Mass of Solidarity at a time when Shaun’s future hung in the balance.
The family continue to call for prayers for Shaun because, said Geraldine: ‘He’s got a long road ahead but please God, the prayers and good wishes of the community have been heard.”