Benefit gala for Brett

Jones Beach Boardriders and some of Brett Connellan’s other friends are banding together to put on a major fundraising event to raise money for his medical and rehabilitation expenses.

Brett, who was attacked by a shark at Bombo late March is lucky to be alive. He lost three quarters of his quad muscles from his hip to his knee, leaving 15 cm of his bone exposed.

Doctors transplanted muscle from his back to cover the bone so his leg could be saved. He is still in hospital, and his left leg will need to be kept straight for many months until both the muscle transplant and skin graft have healed and the nerve is given time to regenerate. Brett remains positive and determined to move on.

His friends are with him for the long haul, both emotionally and financially through the Brett Connellan Trust.

The world’s sporting community is keen to help, and already the organisers have some great items up for auction, including a board signed by 11 times world champion Kelly Slater, a painting by Thirroul-based 2015 Archibald Prize finalist Paul Ryan worth over $10,000, a signed Sally Fitzgibbon board, and a signed Chris Gayle cricket bat.

If you are unable to attend the event, there is the option of buying a $30 Spirit Pass, where you show your support and get a few goodies (like raffle tickets) for your help.

Date: Saturday 25 June, Shellharbour Club. Tickets available from www.surfersforbretto.com

Prices range from $125 for unreserved seating to $2000 for premium tables of 10.

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