Organisers are putting the final touches on next weekend’s (June 25) fundraising event for shark attack victim Brett Connellan.
They’ve even secured the services of World Surfing Champ Tom Carroll as guest speaker!
Meanwhile, Brett is working hard at getting back in the water.
Friend Geoff Lattimer says while there have been a few ups and downs, there have been no major setbacks in his progress.
“The wounds are healing so the next step is to be measured for special compression garments which will further support his recovery,” he says. “Twice a week Brett visits BaiMed Physiotherapy where he continues to strengthen the other parts of his body including his back where the surgeons removed the muscle.
“He cannot walk unassisted yet but his leg brace is providing him the opportunity to be mobile, which has been fabulous for his wellbeing.
“This brace also keeps his knee straight which is required until the the transplanted muscle from his back is ready for the next step. He was lucky that the surgeons could attach a nerve to the muscle meaning that there is a chance that the muscle may one day be an operating muscle. It will just take time and a lot of rehabilitation.
“In the future he will be fitted with another leg brace which will have a mechanism on it ,allowing his knee to bend slightly. As the muscle strengthens the brace will allow further bending of the knee. The goal is for Brett to walk unassisted. The Big Goal is to get back into the surf again. Bretts family & friends remain totally supportive of Brett and are all positive about his future.”
You can watch the incredible SBS Insight program that deals with Brett’s attack and his rescuers HERE
There are only 50 tickets left for the fundraising night, however if you can’t attend, there are other ways you can support Brett’s recovery.
Brett’s friends have collected an incredible array of auction items and raffle prizes, with raffle tickets at DP Surfboards in Thirroul – and you don’t have to be there to win!
:- a surfboard signed by Kelly Slater
:- a John John Florence Surfboard
:- NSW State of Origin jersey plus 4 tickets to Origin 3
:- St George Illawarra Dragons Jersey plus 4 Captain’s Lounge tickets to the Dragon v Broncos game at WIN Stadium
:- Paul Ryan painting
:- Warren Keelan print
:- Luxury trip to Bali
:- A ticket on the Barrenjoey Charter in the Mentawaii Islands Indonesia
You can buy tickets to the fundraiser at The Shellharbour Club at www.surfersforbretto.com or on Facebook
Photo:- Brett with two of his rescuers John Neville and Joel Trist