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Spina bifida fundraiser raises $2054

Donald Hughan’s story inspired his Goulburn-Murray Water workmates to raise $2054 for the Spina Bifida Foundation Victoria.

ELAINE COONEY June 26, 2014 3:10am

Goulburn-Murray Water general manager Gavin Hanlon and administration support officer Donald Hughan. Photo: Elaine Cooney


Goulburn-Murray Water employee Donald Hughan helped raise $2054 for the Spina Bifida Foundation Victoria.

Mr Hughan and his colleagues recently arranged a casual dress day and raised $684.80.

After reading in the company newsletter Mr Hughan’s personal story of living with spina bifida, some of his colleagues donated the rest.

Mr Hughan also donated and was pleased, but not surprised by the generosity of his colleagues.

He was born with the birth defect spina bifida which leaves him with several medical complications.

He has no feeling from the waist down and relies on a wheelchair and lifts.

Mr Hughan’s back is reinforced with metal rods and plates and his hips often pop out of place.

He was the first person in Victoria to undergo an appendicostomy which is a procedure to manage bowel functions.

He has also had several operations to help his club feet.

These are just a few examples of Mr Hughan’s daily struggles.

‘‘There are many other issues I face in my every day life, but I don’t let them stand in my way,’’ he said.

‘‘I still do the things I want to do and live my life to the best of my ability.’’

Mr Hughan said the money he and his colleagues raised would be used to help families with education programs and support.

He said Spina Bifida Foundation Victoria provided support to him and his family over the years, so he wanted to give something back.

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