THE NewsMail reported how Russell Sim's mum Alison Foody was desperate for help to raise money to help with the costs in saving her son's eyesight last Wednesday.

The news spread fast across the Bundaberg community and now the family has received $6000 in donations to help the four-month-old get the operations needed to stop him from going blind.

The youngster was born with congenital glaucoma and would need eight operations by his first birthday - something Ms Foody didn't think she would be able to afford on her own.

"I put him to bed a happy bub on the Friday night only to wake up the next morning to see Russell's right eye was completely grey in colour - it was just smoky grey and we couldn't see the whites of his eye," Ms Foody said. "I would love him the same if he does go blind, but I want to give him everything I can and hopefully we can save his eyesight."

A My-Cause fundraising webpage was set up and along with Bundaberg businesses, Auswide Bank and IWC, $6000 has been raised to assist the little lad.

Auswide Bank Bundaberg managing director Martin Barrett said the family had been a long-time customer and when they heard his story thought they had to help.

"What a horrific prospect for a mother to have to think about her son going blind," Mr Barrett said.

"We like to support the local area and when people are doing it tough especially when it's a medical need - I'm glad we can help out."

Mr Barrett said if there was an opportunity to help stop him from going blind, it was important to take advantage ofit. 

"I hope young Russell's operations are successful and his eye sight is protected for years to come," he said.

Ms Foody said she had set up a trust account for her son and was grateful for the support she had received which would mean a different life for Russell.



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