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Additional $100,000 donated to 10-year-old Gold Coast helicopter crash victim by Australian Lions Foundation

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Ten-year-old Nicholas Tadros’ heartbreaking story has captivated the nation after he suffered extensive injuries in the Gold Coast helicopter crash which tragically killed his mother Vanessa and three others.

Nicky broke almost every bone in his body and had to have his leg amputated.

To support Nicholas and his dad through this difficult time, the Australian Lions Foundation has announced a generous donation of $100,000 at a special BBQ held at Nicholas and his father Simon’s home.

“Nicky’s story captured the hearts of many and when we saw his father confirm to A Current Affair that Nicholas’ right leg needed to be amputated due to infection, we knew we needed to do something. That’s when Australian Lions Foundation launched our National Appeal. It has been so wonderful to see the community get behind this brave little boy and his devoted Dad,” said Tony Benbow OAM, Australian Lions Foundation Chairperson.

The $100,000 donation is in addition to the over $100,000 already raised for the ALF’s national fundraising appeal.

ALF has been working closely with Nicholas’ local Lions Club, Lions Club of Parramatta Inc in recent months to use the funds raised in the appeal to support Nicholas and Simon.

Nicholas still faces a long road with his recovery, but his prospects look brighter with the support from the Australian Lions Foundation, Parramatta Lions and the generous community and corporate donations.

Donations to the Australian Lions Foundation Appeal can be made online and 100% of the funds raised will be used to support Nicholas and his father Simon.

Simon and Nicholas both expressed their gratitude at the generosity and outpouring of support from the community to date

To make a donation visit, all donations over $2 are tax deductible.

Corporate donations to be made via Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) to the Foundation’s Compassionate Grant Fund’s Westpac bank account (BSB: 036-157, Account#: 535251) with an email to be sent to confirming their donation.

“We welcome the generous donations from corporate Australia and encourage any and all donations to continue support for the Tadros family,” he added.

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Menchie Khairuddin is a writer Deputy Content Manager at Akolade and content producer for Third Sector News. She is passionate about social affairs specifically in mixed, multicultural heritage and not-for-profit organisations.


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