AUSTRALIAN musician Bob Evans is the latest big name to get behind the Hear4Alana charity in its race against time to raise $20,000 in six weeks so the four-year-old toddler can receive the gift of hearing.

The fundraising quest for Alana Reid - who suffers from the congenital condition, microtia, which has resulted in hearing loss - began in August last year and has so far managed to raise $76,500.

But the Reid family is still $20,000 short six weeks out from the operation that is booked for August 13 and can only be performed in the United States.

In a recent tour to Bundaberg at the weekend, former Jebediah rocker Bob Evans (real name Kevin Mitchell) made a video plea to the community to dig deep.

"There is something that I would love for everyone to do and that is to support Alana," he said.

"There is six weeks left to raise $20,000 - she needs that money to have an operation done.

"Please be as generous as you can be and it would be much appreciated."

Evans joins fellow musician, X Factor finalist and Bundy boy, Justin Standley, to get behind the Hear 4 Alana cause.

His call to arms comes soon after the launch of the Hear4Alana Butterfly Appeal Corporate Challenge.

Businesses can donate a sum of money that, in turn, will give them a giant butterfly sticker which will feature the business name and the amount donated prominently on a glass wall at the NewsMail.

Individuals can also purchase little butterfly stickers for a gold coin donation, which will be stuck on the same wall, or at the IGA on Woongarra St.

Mum Emma Reid said the delicately winged creatures were a fitting symbol for the charity, as they represented the hearing impaired as butterflies were deaf themselves.

"We are so close to getting our girl the surgery she needs before she starts prep next year," Mrs Reid said.

"We are in a race against the clock to come up with the final money for Alana's surgery and, with the Aussie dollar dropping, we need more now than ever.

"Our family is grateful that people such as Bob Evans and also normal, everyday community members are willing to do all they can so Alana can hear."

To donate

BANK: Commonwealth Bank

BSB: 064 403

ACOUNT: 1074 3175



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