Club community shines through: In 2012 Jordan Grant (24) was involved in a tragic car accident and was transported to Blackwater Hospital, where he was put into a medically induced coma and placed on life support.
Jordan needed specialist treatment so was flown more than 850 km by helicopter to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit. He spent the next three months in the intensive care unit being treated for his severe injuries and associated complications, as well as having to come to terms with the fact the accident had left him wheelchair bound as a C4 incomplete quadriplegic.
Now at age 29, the devoted father of two continues to battle on and has set up a Go Fund Me campaign. The goal is to raise $60,000 to help pay for stem cell treatment and intensive physiotherapy at a specialised facility in the United States, which could potentially give him the ability to walk once again.
Knowing Jordan had such a colossal goal to achieve, his brother-in-law Dan Pritchard decided to help. Dan came up with the novel idea of a 24-hour bowls challenge to help Jordan raise the money via donations.
Pritchard, who is the greenskeeper at Solander Lake Bowls Club, enlisted the help of bar manager Jaydene Hughes to organise the event.
Earlier this year, Dan along with Jaydene, her husband Anthony Hughes as well as Charlie Neave, Jordan’s brother Alex and his dad Trevor Stewart commenced the mammoth bowling session.
The two teams of three played pairs and took it in turn to play for four hours at a time with a two hour break
“The game was long and gruelling but the guys really stepped up to the task and powered through it,” Pritchard said.
Their hard work was not in vain and by Sunday they had raised a staggering $11,200 in donations, which has made a major dent in Jordan’s goal amount.
“After attending the event at Solander Lake Bowls Club, I saw the generosity of those involved who had an amazing community spirit,” Grant said.
“It has restored my hope as the father of two beautiful children that I will one day reach my ultimate goal of being more active with them.
“And I hope to one day be able to walk my daughter down the aisle on her wedding day or just play a game of backyard cricket with them.
“From the bottom of my heart I cannot thank enough the people at Solander Lake Bowls Club and the people of the community for getting behind my cause and supporting me in reaching my ultimate goal.
“My wish is to walk in and shake all their hands and show them my absolute gratitude.”
If you would like to donate to help and help Jordan, you can do so via the following web address:
The campaign is called ‘Help my dad walk again’ by Jordan Grant.
The 24hr challenge bowls team would love to thank the supporters as well as the people and businesses that made donations for Jordan’s campaign – Dan Pritchard.