June Wenzel's grand-daughter Ava has a rare medical condition

April 18, 2012

A beautiful thing happened in a small Kingaroy street last weekend … the neighbours came together to help raise funds to assist a tiny baby living in Brisbane.

The baby is Ava, aged six months, the grand-daughter of Darryl and June Wenzel who live in the small cul-de-sac, Barwick Street.

Ava was born with the very rare Goldenhar Syndrome – or Oculo-Auriculo-Vertebral (OAV) syndrome – a congenital defect which can affect a child’s hearing, sight and facial structure. She is going to require operations at least until age 20.

June and Darryl wanted to help support Ava in a small way so they organised a garage sale. When their neighbours heard about the plan, they also organised sales. Others chipped in with cash donations.

So on Saturday, Barwick Street suddenly boasted three adjacent pavement sales.

“With the donations, we have made nearly $700, which is really exciting,” June said.

Rose Badrick, Stacey Evans, Caroline Trindall and Beryl Reinsma with Tyrrissa, 3, and Kyra, 5, hosted one of the Barwick Street garage sales

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