Gympie school unites to support injured student

Tristan, 13, suffered multi-trauma injuries – including a severe traumatic brain injury – when he was hit by a four wheel drive while riding his bicycle at Rainbow Beach on July 15.

Tristan was airlifted by the Sunshine Coast-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter from the scene of the accident and was flown to Brisbane in a critical condition.

The young boy remains in a serious condition at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital where he is undergoing treatment and intense rehabilitation for his brain injury.

In a show of support, Victory College hosted the ‘Day for Tristan’ event, with all funds raised being donated to the LifeFlight Foundation, a community-based organisation which supports the iconic RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter service.

Students wore free dress for a gold coin donation, and primary school children brought their teddy bears to school to take part in a LifeFlight Bears Picnic.

The LifeFlight Bears Picnic is a new fundraising initiative which calls on friends, families or colleagues to host a picnic to help the LifeFlight Foundation fund lifesaving aeromedical flights in Queensland.

Tristan’s accident has rocked the Gympie and Rainbow Beach community and Victory College Principal, Brett Costin said he hoped the ‘Day for Tristan’ demonstrated the community’s ongoing support for the Sik family in their time of need.

Incredibly, it was the second time Tristan had to be airlifted by RACQ LifeFlight Rescue after he was involved in a skateboarding accident two years ago.

The Sik family have been long-time supporters of LifeFlight since the establishment of their business,Rainbow Beach 4×4 Hire, and have made annual donations to the rescue helicopter service.

Tristan’s mother, Caroline Sik said the expert aeromedical care provided by LifeFlight gave Tristan a fighting chance.

“We have sponsored LifeFlight ever since we have been in business and twice now they have looked after Trist,” she said.

“My heartfelt thank you to all involved with LifeFlight with helping us get this far. Without LifeFlight, Tristan would not be here.”

LifeFlight Foundation CEO, Leanne Angel said the money raised at the ‘Day for Tristan’ would help to save more Queensland lives.

“The money raised at the ‘Day for Tristan’ will help ensure all Queenslanders are given equal access to emergency medical care,” she said.

“LifeFlight comes to the aid of children like Tristan every day but we rely on the community’s support to keep our helicopters in the air and saving lives.

“We send our heartfelt thank you to the Sik family and Victory College for their generous support of the LifeFlight Foundation and wish Tristan the best in his recovery.”

2016-17 was a record year for LifeFlight for lifesaving missions with its aeromedical crews, community helicopters and Air Ambulance jets performing a record 5,252 missions throughout Queensland and around the world.
LifeFlight is a community-based charity funded and supported by the LifeFlight Foundation
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