Dunbogan's Don Bailey gives Willow Powick donation for ear surgeries

Dunbogan's Don Bailey has given Willow Powick another $1000 to go towards her ear surgery.

Dunbogan's Don Bailey has given Willow Powick another $1000 to go towards her ear surgery.

Dunbogan resident Don Bailey says he's always helped people throughout his life and is throwing his support behind a five-year-old's wish to hear.

On Tuesday, August 6 Don met with Lake Cathie's Willow Powick and her mum Skye to hand over $1000 to the family.

Willow is five-years-old and has undergone the first of two life-changing surgeries on her ears in America.

Willow has a rare hearing condition called Atresia, meaning she was born with no ear canals in both ears.

Willow's next surgery in America is scheduled to take place on October 1.

The first operation in April was $55,000 and the second surgery will cost the same amount. The cost of the surgeries doesn't include travel or accommodation.

At 92-years-old Don struggles to hear and wears an aid.

He came across Willow's story while reading an article in the Camden Haven Courier and wanted to help.

Willow's mum Skye said her daughter is doing really well after the first surgery.

"She's been stringing a lot more sentences together," she said.

Skye said Willow is also starting to sing, something she has never done before.

The family, Skye said is so grateful for Don's donation and the community as a whole for being so generous with their donations.

Members of the community are invited to attend a number of upcoming fundraisers to help raise money for Willow's medical expenses and accommodation costs.

There is a Paint for Willow (painting event) on August 18 and a Cruise for Willow (sunset cruise) in September.

For more information about the upcoming fundraisers or to follow Willow's journey please visit the Wish for Willow Facebook page.

Want to donate?:

Bendigo Bank: Wish for Willow; BSB: 633 000; Account: 163 822 646

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