GENEROSITY: Damian Jobson, his wife Brooke and their sons Zayb and Kynan, with Ron Warden, whose business has donated a motorhome and set up a charity raffle to help the family. Picture: Simone De Peak WHEN Bennetts Green businessman Ron Warden heard about the rugby league accident that leftDamian Jobson a quadriplegic, itfelt close to home.
“My son, Cal [Callan], played with him,” Mr Warden said.
Mr Jobson fractured vertebrae in his neck while playing for the Windale Eagles in May 2016. Soon afterthe accident, Mr Warden, the ownerof Australian Motor Homes and Caravans, decided to get a major fundraiser moving. His business donated a motorhome worth about $152,000. Harvey Norman and Cruise Travel Centrealso donatedprizes.
RonWardenfigured the motorhome, as first prize, could be quickly raffled to raise some much needed money fortheJobsonfamily.Almost twelve months sincethatdonation, tickets for the charity lotterywerefinally available, asMr Warden hadbeen on a long journey through delays and bureaucracy.
“It’s been a steep learning curve,” said Mr Warden.
The business owner said first he had to set up a charity, Rise for Damian.Then he applied for an art union permit, with a string of phone calls and emails to Liquor and Gaming NSW.
“I can understand why they need to do it, but it becomes frustrating,” Mr Warden said.
A spokesman for Liquor & Gaming NSW said it received an application for the art union permit on March 13.Notall the required information was provided,and staff liaisedwith the applicant for about 11 weeks.When the information was received, the permit was issued on the next business day, May 29.
“As art unions involve large prizes …Liquor & Gaming NSW needs to undertake detailed assessments to ensure the integrity of the competition for all stakeholders including entrants and the relevant charity,” he said.
Mr Warden was pleased to receive the permit, because, “at the end of the day, I just want to sell some tickets”.
To Damian and BrookeJobson and their two young sons, the charity raffle could be “a life-changing thing”.
“It’s going to set the family up,” Mr Jobson said.
“Bills don’t stop, they keep rolling in.”
“We’ve got money for now, but it’s into the future,” said Brooke Jobson, explaining just about everything in their lives had to be modified or replaced, and facilities to help her husband wouldneed to be updated. All the while, “we want to let the kids have a normal lifestyle”.
Mr Warden said the tickets were$50 each –“but it’s a bloody good prize!” –and the raffle wasto be drawn during The Footy Show on September 21.
Mr Jobson said the community support “means the world to me”, with his wife adding that without it, “he would have given up long ago.”