Mike Corkill’s children, Liam, Teigan, Ethan, Cassie and Brittany have been collecting money for their dad at Richmond Mall. So far they’ve raised more than $3000. Photo: Andrew Board.

Businesses behind ‘lungs for Dad’

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Raising $100,000 may seem like an impossible task, but bit-by-bit the Corkill family are getting closer to “dad’s new lungs”.

Since Nelson Weekly reported the plight of Mike and his family, the community has jumped in behind the family and already raised more than $6000, with plenty more fundraisers in the pipeline.

Mike, his wife Julie-Ann, and their five children, have been selling raffle tickets and collecting money in Richmond Mall with huge success. From the mall campaign alone the family has raised more than $3000.

Local businesses such as Colour Plus and Richmond Brake and Clutch, have donated tins and a free warrant of fitness. Kevin Gear from Colour Plus says he decided to help after seeing the family’s story in the Weekly.

“We need to get in behind and support him. It’s a sense of community, that’s what it is.”

Brumbies on Hardy St, have offered to have a tin in their store and give a percentage of its muffin profits to the family.

Waimea College will be having a mufti day next week with proceeds going to the cause and Mike’s eldest daughter Cassie is hosting a garage sale this Saturday. Anyone wanting to donate items can email [email protected] or drop them off at 3 Fergusson St, Stoke, where the garage sale will be held.

Mike says the response from the community has given him new vigour and he’s busy organising a quiz evening and auction for next month. “It’s been really nice and talking to people and the mall have been really great as well.”

Mike needs to raise $100,000 for a lung transplant. If he doesn’t get the transplant, he’s been told he could be dead by the end of the year. His children have labelled the campaign: “Dad’s new lungs”.

If you’d like to donate to Mike’s operation his bank account details are: 38-9006-0093683-03.