Support Tom Elphick's Recovery
€20,866 of €20,000 goal
We want to provide Tom with the best medical and rehabilitation programs Portugal has to offer as well as alleviate the pressure on his parents who have come from Australia. Please help Tom move again by donating to his cause (click on the donate button to the right). 100% of the proceeds go to helping Tom cover his medical and rehabilitation expenses. On behalf of Tom, his family, and many friends we thank you for helping Tom get back on his feet.
(For Donations made in CASH or MAESTRO please contact the organizer, Olivia Lecomte by the email provided on the contact page accessed below, facebook, or by phone: +31 6 37307505)
It's been two years since the accident and we could not be more appreciative of all the support that Tom has received. In two years we collectively raised over 20,000 euros which allowed Tom to recover with the best care and facilities for spinal cord injuries.
Now, Tom is living independently, studying Neuroscience at UNSW, and has full body control.
That being said, after 2 years, natural recovery slows down and the body does not make the big gains and improvements we were accustomed to seeing. This, of course, is very daunting but we are so incredibly proud of the massive strides Tom has made in his recovery thus far, his inspiring positive attitude, and willingness to help others.
A message from Tom:
"I am so grateful to everyone who has supported me and given me the opportunities I have received along the way. I want to be able to give others this support and sense of being loved. This is why, together with Laura Bailey, I am organizing The Dancers' Directive, an evening of dance that aims to raise money for people who have suffered a spinal cord injury.
The event will be held on 16 July, at Shore School. Go to The Dancers' Directive for tickets
Come along and enjoy this amazing night. It would mean so much to me and is going to be an absolute treat for the eyes."
Once again, thank you so much to everyone who donated to Tom's cause, shared this page, and opened up a discussion about spinal cord injuries and the rehabilitation process. Each and every one of you has made an impact on a beautiful person's life and together we have made it possible for Tom to live positively and independently after tragedy. As for this page, we have decided to stop accepting donations and focus on Tom's own initiative, The Dancers' Directive. This non-profit organization was curated by Tom and his friend, Laura Bailey to raise awareness and money for people who have suffered spinal cord injuries. On July 16th, a Gala will be held at Shore School where artists from around the world will gather to perform.
For more information please visit: https://www.facebook.com/danceforspinalhealth/
Thank you for your unwavering support and we hope to see you all continue supporting Tom in his next chapter.
We've nearly tripled our original goal of €5000! I could not be more thrilled at the response we've gotten. Please continue to share the page and spread the word!
***ALL FOR TOM***
Keep sharing, tweeting, and posting the link! www.gofundme.com/thomaselphick
To all the wonderful people who have donated money to help Tom in his recovery a HUGE thank you from the bottom of my heart. I burst into tears when I saw the response . I would like to thank you all individually , but the site won't let me do that . You have given hope where none seemed to exist. The huge support has been so incredibly moving. An update on Tom's condition. Miraculously he is getting some movement in his legs. This is incredible . But then he is young and in peak physical condition. There will be months of rehab to get him to reach whatever potential he has. All my love to each and every one of you. Annie
Hello Annie - Marcus, Veronica & I are so pleased to see Tom improving a little by little . As the parents of a Young male dancer on the other side of this our land down under our thoughts are very much with you in particular - it would be fantastic for Us all to see the boys continue to do what they were meant to do! Regards the Alessandrini clan.