Trivia night raises funds

By Laura Briggs

People are being invited to put their general knowledge to the test at a trivia night.

Organisers Kerry and Allan Connolly said the the event aimed to provide a fun environment for people to gather with friends and more importantly raise funds and awareness for a medical condition neurofibromatosis (NF).

The couple said their grandson Xavier Wynn, 4, suffered from the genetic condition.

‘‘Xavier has a small tumour on the brain and he also has a rather large tumour on the spine that goes around the hip and down to the leg,’’ Ms Connolly said.

‘‘He also has developed mental delays so he needs lots of medical attention — physio, speech therapy and regular MRIs to keep an eye on the tumours.’’

Ms Connolly said the condition that affected one in 2500 individuals was yet to have a cure.

‘‘There’s no cure and there’s very few treatment options — one of them being chemotherapy to try and shrink the tumour or surgery,’’ she said.

‘‘And that’s why we want to raise funds.’’

Ms Connolly said the money raised through the event would go to the Children’s Tumour Foundation where it would be used to continue research.

Ms Connolly said she wished to include a video about NF and a guest speaker who would be able to educate people on the night.

She believed there was a lack of awareness of the condition in the Goulburn Valley and she hoped the night would help to change that.

The #ConquerNF Trivia Night will be held at Shepparton’s Goulburn Valley Hotel on Friday, October 12, from 6.30 pm.

The event cost is $35 each with buffet dinner included. Bookings are essential and can be made by phoning Kerry on 0439 711 157