Sporting clubs helping out by jumping for Jai's girl
HE'S the Aussie Olympian who fought mightily to win silver at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.
Now long jumper Jai Taurima is facing a new battle - one where the stakes are much higher.
His 22-month-old daughter Indie is fighting for her life at Westmead Children's Hospital in Sydney.
The young girl was diagnosed with leukemia when she was just three months old.
After months of intense chemotherapy, she was declared in remission in 2011 and sent home.
But in an unfortunate turn last February, Indie came down with a fever and relapsed.
Her only hope now is to undergo a bone marrow transplant - a treatment designed to kill the cancer and replace the diseased bone marrow.
To support her long road back to full health, Ipswich Sports House and local athletic clubs are working with Little Athletics Queensland to raise funds for Indie's treatment.
The organisations have leapt into action with a fundraising event called "Jump 4 Indie" which will take place this month.
During the afternoon participants will try their best at long jump and give the dividend for how much they jump to the cause.
"So a jump of 3m would convert to a donation of $3," Met West regional support officer for Little Athletics Queensland Theresa "Marty" Stolberg said.
"There will also be prizes for long jump categories, ranging from furthest jump to most adventurous jump."
Mrs Stolberg said the day was also a great opportunity to promote athletics in the Ipswich area with coaches and athletes attending. The event would also include music and other entertainment and refreshments.
Jump 4 Indie will be held on Sunday, May 26, between 2pm and 4pm at Bill Paterson Oval, Limestone Park.
For more information contact Marty on 0410 401 909.