By now most of you would have heard the tragic story of Ashley Wren, one of our retired 3rd grade skipper Craig “Jeanie” Little’s best mates.
Maddison Jayne Cazna Wren was born at 33 weeks at 1.7kg in the back of a taxi in Fiji. Her parents, Ashley and Jayne Wren, where there for a wedding, in which Jeanie was the best man and Ashley was a groomsman. Due to not thinking they were going to have a baby at this time, their travel insurance didn’t cover medical, accommodation or flights relating to having a baby. An amazing online campaign raised $26,000 to help bring Maddi home.
However, in a tragic turn of events, Ash suffered a heart attack 2 weeks after returning home and passed away. Ashley was a healthy 41-year-old triathlete who had spent just 27 days with his adorable little girl. Along with the expenses relating to Maddi’s stay in hospital, family and friends of the loved couple are now seeking to raise funds to provide for Maddi and Jayne. Ashley was the family provider and was in the process of applying for a Life Insurance Policy two hours prior to his passing. Jayne is in no position to return to work anytime soon and in her grief, we are looking to provide financial relief to enable her to care for Maddi and heal her crushed and broken heart.
In a great show of community spirit, Waratah club sponsors Harbord Diggers are holding and sponsoring an event set-up by Jeanie and his mates to raise money for Jayne. We are appealing to the entire Manly Cricket community to get involved and purchase a seat or a table. The Waratahs committee have committed to getting at-least one table at the event, with the club paying for 50% of the tickets, however the event organisers are looking to sell as many tables as possible.
Anyone looking to contribute and be a part of this fantastic evening, please see below flyer for all the contact details. Of course, those that know Jeanie can also contact him directly on 0410 574591 if you would like to attend. There are also sponsorship opportunities available which you can view by clicking here.
There is also a donation page that has been set-up at http://www.mycause.com.au/page/77486/maddiandjayne
This is a great case of the local community coming together to support those that are less fortunate than us, and we hope to get as many people along to the fundraiser as possible.