Big-hearted truckies have come together to make an incredible $50,000 donation to help one of their own in the local area.
Phil Mackey, a driver for Toll Group at Woolworths Distribution Centre, is the proud father of Emily and Liam. Liam has a genetic mutation so rare there are only 25 other known cases in the world, and the brave four-year-old has endured countless surgeries in his short life.
When Mr Mackey’s colleagues learned of Liam’s condition last year, they rallied together to raise money for the Jordan Springs family.
Phil and Liam Mackey, along with Phil’s wife Kylie and mother Helen, were at the Minchinbury site on Tuesday to receive the whopping $52,440 donation.
Mr Mackey said it was “overwhelming”.
“This money is going towards Liam’s future ongoing care and equipment,” he said. “This will go a long way to helping him and us cope with just living out a normal life, as much as humanly possible. We can’t thank you enough.
“I’d love to thank everyone who’s put in whatever they did, down to the last dollar. There’s a lot of very generous people here. It will always be remembered and always be thought about.”
Mrs Mackey said much of the money would go toward things deemed “non-essential” that would dramatically improve Liam’s quality of life, including chair and bathroom upgrades. She thanked Toll for the company’s support of the family, and for understanding when Phil needed to take time off unexpectedly.
The donation was organised by Mark Smallwood and Mark Trevillian.
The bulk of the amount came in the form of payroll donations from the 130 full-time staff and 50 sub-contractors. The pair also hosted an Indian banquet and held a raffle with $10,000 worth of products donated by surrounding businesses
“I’ve been here 10 years and anytime someone has fallen on hard times, we’ve all come together to support them,” Mr Smallwood said.
Transport Workers’ Union secretary Richard Olsen said the donation showed “great partnership” between the workers, the union, Toll Group and Woolworths.
“It’s always great to see the transport industry come together in these circumstances,” he said. “TWU is very happy to be part of that, to ensure the ongoing viability of families in the transport industry.”
A GoFundMe page has been set-up to support the family with Liam’s ongoing care: gofundme.com/LifewithLiam.