ACA VIEWERS GIVE $700,000 TO KURT DRYSDALE
In just 48 hours, A Current Affair viewers have raised an incredible $700,000 in cash and donated $100,000 worth of gifts to the Kurt Drysdale Appeal.
Three weeks short of his 21st birthday, Kurt suffered a devastating injury after being tackled in a weekend football match playing for Cabramatta.
It left him a quadriplegic, but worse still, one who must rely on a ventilator to live.
A team of nurses must be with him 24 hours a day, he has been stuck in hospital for over a year, and desperately wants to return home.
The small cottage his working-class parents called home would never have catered for Kurt’s wheelchair and medical team.
Without any money, they knocked down the house and hoped to be able to find the funds to rebuild a new one so Kurt could finally come home.
Thanks to the generosity of A Current Affair viewers that has now become possible.
Host Tracy Grimshaw said: “It can be easy in this job to get bogged down in the worst of human nature, but this week we’ve once again seen the very best of it. I fear I wouldn’t be as brave as Kurt or his family in their position, and it’s clear that our viewers have been as touched by him as we were. These are tough times for families, and to see our viewers dig into their pockets to help them is wonderful.”