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'A Show for Casey' Quadriplegic Geelong Footballer

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Missy Higgins has just joined a great list of artists
Picture from Casey Tutungi's website

Australia has long been called 'the lucky country'. So what happens when your life is turned inside out and upside down and you're told you will never walk or use your arms again?

For Casey Tutungi this is a reality, but that doesn't sit well with him. As an athlete he is used to pushing his body to the limit and is fighting hard to regain control over it, so far he has regained movement in his right arm.

At only 27 Casey's bad luck came 10 weeks ago on June 22nd when playing football for South Barwon when he collided with a player from the opposing team. Casey didn't lose consciousness but he couldn't feel his arms or legs. It was later confirmed he had fractured and dislocated his C4 and C5 vertebrae which compressed his spinal cord causing swelling, making him a quadriplegic.

Although Australia has great teams working on rehabilitation, Casey will head to America for more specialized intensive rehabilitation sessions that aren't available here. At a cost of $60,000 for each 3 month stint, the cost will keep mounting.

Casey along with his fiancÚ Bridget are expecting their first baby in November, which is helping to keep his outlook positive.

Casey's luck may be down but the support from the Australian community, his family, team mates and strangers is sky high with many rallying to raise funds to ease the financial burden of ongoing rehabilitation and medical costs.

Concert poster - Picture from Casey Tutungi's website

The main fundraiser A Show For Casey organised by the Falls Festival promoter Simon Daly is sure to be a great one. Missy Higgins has joined the great line up of artists that include You Am I, Dan Sultan from Something for Kate, Lisa Mitchell, Adalita from Magic Dirt, Regurgitator, The Bamboos and Yacht Club DJS will perform over 9 hours on Sunday 29th September at Kardina Park (Simonds Stadium) Geelong.

This is an open age event with under 12's free. Tickets are $50 and are available online and in all Ghanda clothing stores.

Gates open 12 noon - 10:45pm.

If you can't get to the show you can also donate money at any Bedigo Bank branch BSB: 633-000 Account: 149834533.

Unfortunately there are many more people out there like Casey that aren't in the public eye and we don't hear their stories and resonate with their struggles.

To donate or to find out more information on spinal cord injuries, please click on the links Spinal Cord Injuries Australia, Spinal Cure Australia, Spinal Cord Injury Network.
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Why? To support Casey
When: Gates open 12 noon - 10:45pm
Where: Kardina Park, Geelong
Cost: Tickets are $50, kids under 12 are free
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