The Warwick & District Junior Rugby League and Border Rugby League have recently donated $4000 and $1925 respectively to the 'Keeley Spencer Fund'.
The WDJRL committee decided prior to the commencement of the 2016 finals that all proceeds raised by admission fees would be donated to this worthy cause.
The Border Rugby League also raised $1925 from a number of auction items at their 20th Anniversary Dinner.
Jack Spencer, the father of Keeley, is a past player from the Texas Terriers seniors and was a valued volunteer at Texas Junior Rugby League, who play as a combined team (Millwood) with Inglewood and Millmerran Junior Clubs in the WDJRL.
Jack’s son Declan also played all of his junior footy for Millwood and the Stanthorpe Juniors and recently joined the new Border Bushrangers Under 18s team in the TRL competition in 2016.
The WDJRL and BRL recently became aware of the plight of Jack and Susie Spencer’s young daughter Keeley over recent years.
The rugby league community in the WDJRL and BRL are proudly supporting the “1000 Hundred Ways to Show Keeley & Her Family That We Care” campaign that was recently launched by the small, but vibrant community of Texas by donating their finals series profits.
The purpose of this fundraising request is to help Keeley’s family make ends meet and relieve the financial strain on her parents, Jack and Susie Spencer, so they can optimise their time that they can spend with Keeley.
Being with her parents is the only way left for Keeley to ease her constant pain and suffering and at 14 years of age, Keeley has reached the end of the line for any further surgical solutions.
The goal is to raise $100,000 to help alleviate the financial strain of costly medication Keeley needs but also enabling Jack and Susie some breathing space during this incredibly difficult time and for them to know the rugby league community cares.
The Spencer family have not asked for help. They are quietly battling their circumstances and trying to make ends meet, after both leaving their jobs to be with Keeley. They run a café and gift shop; “Creek House Café” from a roadside farm house near Texas, which allows Keeley to be with them and Jack sells firewood for extra income.
When Jack and Susie were approached about this fundraiser, they were both overwhelmed that people would want to help and were extremely grateful for any assistance, acknowledging that things are very tough for them.
The Texas community has supported the Spencer family previously, during Keeley’s medical journey and now hope that the local community, as well as friends, generous strangers and the rugby league community will help reach the target of $100, 000. So, when you break down $100,000, it becomes completely possible to achieve if just 1000 people donate $100.
Any donation is welcome, no matter how big or small. The organising committee have opted to use a compassionate crowdfunding platform –
Youcaring.com (click here: https://www.youcaring.com/keeley-spencer-586312 or search: 1000 Hundred Ways to Show Keeley & Her Family That We Care).
100% of funds donated will go to the Spencers. If you do not have internet access or prefer to make a donation by cheque, please make out to the “Keeley Spencer Fund” and post to PO Box 81, Texas, QLD, 4385, Australia or direct deposit into:
Keeley Spencer Fund - BSB: 084 943 Account number: 789002029