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Fundraising event to support Alex Reilly

Wednesday, September 27, 2017   Posted in: Signatory Notice Board By: Administrator With tags: event, fundraising, families, medical, health, young people

15 year old Alex Reilly in Intensive Care Unit at Christchurch Hospital. Source: GiveALittle.The staff of Unichem Crisps Pharmacy have organised a Dinner Dance Fundraising Auction to support Alex Reilly and his family. 15 year old Alex Reilly is the pharmacy's after school message boy. He is the son of a local Bryndwr family who goes to Christchurch Boys' High, and loves rugby, is friendly and a hard worker.

At the end of 2016 Alex was struck down by an illness (Guillain Barre), through no fault of his own and overnight was paralysed and in Intensive Care at Christchurch Hospital on a ventilator for 5 months. It has been devastating to see him now at Burwood Spinal unit - a tetraplegic and facing a very different life than most people.

The Dinner Dance Fundraising Auction aims to raise $100,000 to go some way towards funding things like specialised equipment and home modifications to enable Alex to live at home with his family and to continue his schooling. Alex and his family get NO support or funding through ACC because his condition is  through illness and NOT an accident. Consequently there is very little funding available for the lifetime of resources and support that they will need.

About the Dinner Dance Fundraising Auction for Alex Reilly

Date and Time: Friday 8th December 2017, from 7pm.
Location: Addington Raceway.
Cost: $80 per ticket. This includes a glass of wine on arrival, a sit down dinner and live music/dancing.

Contact Unichem Crisps Pharmacy to book your tickets (health[at] You will also be able to by tickets online on the Addington Raceway website from October.

The evening's guest speaker will be inspirational Christchurch Boys’ High School old boy Jake Bailey, and there will also be a silent auction and a live auction of 10 major items.

Find out more about this fundraising event for Alex Reilly (Facebook).

How you can help Alex Reilly and his family

There are two ways that people can help:

  • Buy a table of 10 to take a group of friends to the function at Addington Raceway - perhaps as a Christmas get-together or work function.
  • Donate raffle, silent auction or auction prizes - this is how money for Alex will be raised on the night. Any donation no matter how small or large is gratefully accepted.

Contact Unichem Crisps Pharmacy if you would like to pledge items to this event (03 359 7816) or pop into 283 Wairakei Road (Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 5.30pm or Saturday between 9am and 1pm).

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