Community rallies for scout leader

AS CRITICALLY ill Wayne Peatey is wheeled into the operating theatre at the Royal Brisbane Hospital tomorrow, a huge group of family, friends and local business people will begin working away on the Maryborough man’s garden.

Mr Peatey, leader of the Baddow Scouts, is fighting for his life after falling critically ill on his return from the national scout jamboree on January 15.

Doctors have operated on Mr Peatey six times so far, removing a tumour from his bowel and also discovering a hole in his bowel. It was believed his condition may have been triggered by a stomach bug.

Family friend Kathy Hodges has been the driving force behind the working bee at Mr Peatey’s Tinana home.

“He and his wife do so many hours of voluntary work in the community and have been so busy fundraising over the past couple of months to send the kids to the jamboree that in the meantime their garden has been let go,” she said.

After putting the call out on Wednesday for volunteers and donations of gardening goods, Ms Hodges received donations of petrol, mulch, road base and loads of water for the pool.

“But we still need soil, native trees, a small amount of concrete and mesh and there’s always room for a couple more volunteers. We hope to get stuck into it on Saturday.”

Anyone who would like to make a donation to the working bee can call the Chronicle on 4120 0464.

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