THE Coastal community and the lead singer of a top Australian band have rallied to support the family of a three- year-old from Shearwater who has been diagnosed with leukaemia.
Just weeks ago, Charlotte Rataj, the daughter of well- known Coastal couple Quentin and Tanya Rataj, was diagnosed and is now undergoing intensive treatment in Hobart.
The community has organised a concert at the Devonport Surf Club tomorrow which will feature Nathan Hudson, the frontman of Sydney band Faker, with all funds raised going to the Rataj family.
“We are still trying to get our heads around all this, but we are absolutely thankful of the support, it’s been amazing,” Charlotte’s grandfather Chris Rataj said yesterday on behalf of the family.
“There is an 80% cure rate and there are only five (children) a year in Tasmania that get leukaemia and there was only three last year.
“Charlotte now has to go through a 2-2 1/2 year treatment program and the next six months will be the hardest part for the family.”
Friends and acquaintances of the Rataj family have helped organise the event tomorrow with Hudson lending his support via his sister and brother-in-law, well-known local athletes Ali and Adrian Partridge.
Faker plays in Hobart tonight and Hudson will drive to Devonport tomorrow for the gig.
“It just fell into place and was a good opportunity, so he’ll do an acoustic gig,” Adrian said.
Faker is a Sydney-based band whose hit songs Hurricane and This Heart Attack have featured in the Triple J Hottest 100.
There will also be a raffle with a range of local businesses donating prizes for the day.
Entry will be $20, with all money raised going to the family.
Doors open at 2pm and Nathan Hudson starts performing at 3pm.
The venue is limited to 200 people.
This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.