Tiaro's Ryder Sweetnam, with his older brother Rhett, will benefit from the Heavenly Connections fundraiser at the Hervey Bay RSL this Friday night.
Tiaro's Ryder Sweetnam, with his older brother Rhett, will benefit from the Heavenly Connections fundraiser at the Hervey Bay RSL this Friday night. Contributed

Psychic called to raise funds for life-changing therapy

A TIARO family looking to raise $30,000 to fund life-changing therapy are calling on Hervey Bay psychics to help them on their way.

Five-year-old Ryder Sweetnam, who was born with cerebral palsy, epilepsy, calcifications on the brain and vision impairment, will benefit from a Heavenly Connections live audience reading fundraiser at Hervey Bay RSL on Friday night.

Ryder's aunt Melinda Walters is helping to co-ordinate the fundraiser and said Bay psychic medium Ena and clairvoyant Kath had donated their time for the cause.

"Ticket sales will go toward Ryder's therapy costs, with the goal to raise $30,000 by Christmas to send him to the US for cutting-edge treatment at the NAPA Treatment Centre," Mrs Walters said.

She said it was unfortunate Ryder would need to go overseas to receive the therapies.

"It's hard because there are so many different places in the US, but there aren't the options here in Australia," Mrs Walters said.

Parents Darren and Janene, and brother Rhett, aged 9, are hoping the unusual fundraiser will appeal to a wide range of curious people, keen to attempt a connection with the spirit world.

"The live readings have a lot of audience participation and we won't know who's going to come forward or make a connection," Mrs Walters said.

Little Ryder cannot walk and talk like other children his age.

But his family says he has one of those bright spirits that charms people.



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