Kind locals rally for Keeley Green
ONE of Bundaberg’s favourite kids, Keeley Green, will soon be beaming her famous smile from a standing position after more pieces of equipment were donated by kind-hearted locals.
For the last eight months Keeley has been confined to her wheelchair because she grew out of the piece of equipment that allowed her to stand upright.
Mum Amanda Green said such a simple thing as standing was important from physical and emotional perspectives.
Being upright helped Keeley’s brittle bones.
“And when she’s upright it’s a better level to be at with her peers,” she said.
“She’s not staring at everyone’s belly buttons all the time.”
Amanda said that Keeley would now be able to paint, cook and play while standing up too.
Keeley first made headlines last year when NewsMail reported on her brave recovery from a neurological condition that required half her brain to be removed when she was a baby.
The equipment was donated after four Masonic Lodges in Bundaberg and one in Gin Gin raised about $12,000 to buy the stander, a stroller and a tricycle for the six-year-old.
“I’d like to thank the Freemasons for what they’ve just given,” Amanda said.
“They’ve given her life-changing pieces of equipment. How do I put (my thanks) into words?”
Freemasons assistant grand superintendent of workings Bevan Brennan said he read about Keeley’s fundraising needs and soon rallied the troops.
“The lodges climbed on board,” he said.
“She’s a fantastic little kid – it’s just that smile.
“You’d do anything to get a smile like that on her face.”
It was a packed year for the Greens, with Keeley starting prep at Norville State School and the family travelling to America to meet with other people who have the same neurological condition as Keeley.
Many had also undergone the same surgery.
“The potential those people have – they have a half a brain and they’re living full lives,” Amanda said.