Spinal fundraiser helps Tombsy

Sam Bailey felt humbled to be guest speaker at a fundraiser dinner to support The Armidale School colleague and rugby mate Richard Tombs on Friday, June 21, at The Star Event Centre in Pyrmont, Sydney. The night raised money for the "Guns Out Spinal Foundation" which will help towards Tombsy's on-going treatment and rehabilitation after suffering a spinal cord injury in an over 35's club soccer match in Sydney in August 2018. There was overwhelming support from Tombsy from his many friends, rugby mates; and the wider Northern Beaches, Sydney and rugby communities who filled the venue to capacity. The audience was overwhelmed when Tombsy, now an incomplete quadriplegic, was able to stand and walk to the lecturn to speak (above). But he battles constantly with spasticity, for which there is no cure, and part of the funds raised will be donated to research into spasticity caused by spinal-cord injuries. Master of Ceremonies at the dinner was Phil Kearns, AM, pictured above with Tombsy. His wife Carissa and daughters Latika, Talani and Ukeisha also spoke at the dinner about the impact his injury has had on them (below).