A GOFUNDME Page has been started for Whitsunday man Nick Marsionis who contracted meningococcal septicaemia in September.
He has since lost both hands and feet.
Vicky Gillam and Jim Hodges of the Whitsunday Taekwondo Oh Do Kwan Club posted the following on social media:
“Nick Marsionis has been living and working in the Whitsunday region for more than a decade and is known to many as a stonemason, tiler, plasterer and security guard.
“Over the past 10 years he has contributed greatly to the Whitsunday community, (Qld. Australia) while making many friends along the way.
“Nick has also been extremely active in the Whitsunday Taekwondo Oh Do Kwan Club, having become a member upon its inception in 2010.
“He is currently a 2nd Dan Black Belt and is the student with the highest attendance rate as well as being an extremely well respected assistant instructor.
“In September of this year, Nick contracted meningococcal septicaemia (bacterial blood poisoning) and was airlifted to Townsville Hospital where he was placed in an induced coma and put on life support for over a week.
“Due to the circumstances of contracting the disease Nick has since had to have both hands and feet amputated and will eventually have to wear prosthetics. He is grateful to be alive and remains positive and committed to recovery but it is going to be a long and hard journey.
“In light of this, a campaign has been started by his family to raise money to aid Nick financially so that he can afford the prosthetics and other devices required to provide him with the best quality of life as is possible. As such we are asking people around the world to support Nick by making a donation.”
The Whitsunday Taekwondo Oh Do Kwan Club is also running a raffle to raise funds and this will be drawn on January 31 2017.
You can contact Vicky Gillam or Jim Hodges at Whitsunday Taekwondo Oh Do Kwan at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (Australia) 0416 350 439/ 0406 540 719 for further details, to purchase tickets or to provide goods and services to be raffled.
Source: Whitsunday Times.