FOLLOWING A FRANK MEETING BETWEEN ST ANDREWS CEO RAY FAIRWEATHER, Brendon Smith and James O’Shea there is renewed optimism that bringing a neurosurgeon to Toowoomba is a distinct possibility.
“No matter what anyone has said to us from day one I’ve never doubted that we would bring a neurosurgeon to Toowoomba.
“Now that I have met with Ray Fairweather we understand where we sit.
“Ray was very upfront and honest, but I left the meeting with the belief he thinks our vision can be a reality.
“Ray was very clear it’s not a short term project, and we’ve always known that.
“Ten year’s down the track this could very well be reality but the sooner we can make it happen the better.
“I really appreciate Ray meeting with us and I walked away from our discussion feeling as though he’s on board with us.
Ray Fairweather added.
“It’s a long term proposition,” Mr Fairweather said.
“With other specialty services that have come to this area in recent years and the growing population – it is a long term possibility.”
The outpouring of support for the Smith family has been overwhelming.
“I can’t say thank you enough to everyone,”Brendon Smith said
“Earlier this week Saint Mary’s College invited my son Tanner and James O’Shea to the school as guests of a free dress day held in honour of Brayd.
“It was initiated by one of their students Noah Shepherdson.
“They encouraged everyone to wear orange with donations going to Brayd’s TGW Campaign to Bring a Neurosurgeon to Toowoomba.
“To Noah, I can’t say thank you enough and it just shows how much of an impact Brayd had on so many youngsters in the gym and in the community.
“I was always very proud of Brayd’s willingness to help kids in what ever way possible.
“We were able to present Noah and two other students Lachlan and Sean with TGW shirts and arm bands.
“We’ve asked the school to hold onto the money until we have the trust fund finalised.
“St Mary’s College have been wonderful.
“But it’s not just St Mary’s it’s the entire community. The calls we’ve received bout fund raisers and donations to the cause have been overwhelming.
“Once we have the trust set up then it’s all systems go and we work towards raising the funds necessary.
“Yes it’s a long term goal – but mark my words it will happen.
“In ten,fifteen, twenty years what ever it takes we will be cutting the ribbon at the official opening for the TGW Brayd Smith Nerosurgeon service right here in Toowoomba.”
One of the big initial fund raisers will be the June 27 show TGW & Smithy Bring the Big Fights 10.
“Our first big guest we announced today in regards to this show is Jeff Fenech,” Smith said.
“Jeff will be here for a parade of champions to honour Brayd’s life and future legacy.
“All donations on the night will go to the campaign.
“This will be a very special night.
“Brayd’s legacy will live on forever and bringing a neurosurgeon to Toowoomba is not just for his legacy but more importantly it’s about saving lives.
“If we can help future families to not have to deal with what we’ve been through and what we are going through – well that’s a wonderful thing.
“A neurosurgeon in Toowoomba is a necessity and it will save lives.”