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Community rallies to the cause

Melva Thompson before the opening of the 2010 Coraki Art Prize.

The Coraki community is rallying behind the art prize and organiser Melva Thompson.
Melva is in the John Flynn Hospital, at Tugun, Queensland, after suffering a stroke about a month ago.
Her daughter, Ana, said today that former art prize organiser Kate Welch had kindly agreed to take over the running of this year’s show.
“We have received many generous offers of help and are very grateful to all those who have offered,” Ana said.
“Any who can help are invited by Kate and George Thompson to come to a meeting, at the Coraki Youth Hall, on Bridge Street, at 2.30 pm this Saturday, September 29.”
Ana said her mother was transferred from Lismore Base Hospital last Friday.
“The decision to move her was made because we want her to get the best care possible and John Flynn Hospital has a dedicated stroke clinic, as well as providing acute care and also facilitates the rehabilitation she will need,” Ana said.
“We thank everyone in the emergency department and intensive care at Lismore Base from the bottom of our hearts for the care and dedicated attention that was given to Mum.
“We met so many amazing individuals during the time we spent there.
“Mum is still in ICU at John Flynn as there is a need to closely monitor her ability to swallow and breathe. However, she still has plenty to say, regardless of how difficult it has been for her to speak!
“She has also maintained sonic hearing and there is no getting away with any whispering in the corner!
“She loves hearing all the many messages that we pass on from those who have been thinking of her and is sad that the hospital isn’t closer for people to visit.
“She is well loved, there is no doubt about that! Thank you, everyone, for your support.”
Kate said that Melva and the rest of the committee had already put so much effort into this year’s event, she couldn’t let all that work go to waste.
“Melva is so passionate about the show; she would have been devastated if it was cancelled,” Kate said.
“People from across the district have been calling to offer their assistance.”
Kate can be contacted by phone on 6683 2325 or through the email link on this page.

– Paul Shaw

One reply on “Community rallies to the cause”

Dear Melva,
I am saddened to hear this news but very heartened by your determination and strong will. This news came as I was visiting my teaching colleague Annie Roberts this week and we were discussing our entries for 2012.
You must know I’ve been so encouraged by my paintings’ win in 2009 that it has taken me until now to decide to retire from teaching Art at Trinity to a ‘change’ and practise my own artmaking more at the end of this year.
My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family at this time as ever.
Kind regards,
Jay Foley

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