Community Gets Behind Clubbie In Need

In a split second an accident can happen and a life can be changed forever.

On Saturday 14th June 2014, North Entrance lifesaver Michelle Jeffery’s life changed forever. The very active & fun-loving Shell was board training with her team at North Entrance beach in preparation for the upcoming Masters season when she was knocked off her board by a wave and hit the sandbar. Her team members rescued her from the water, and then she was airlifted to Royal North Shore Hospital.

Shell remained in the specialized spinal unit at Royal North Shore Hospital over the past 3 months and suffered serious damage to her spinal cord, the diagnosis is an incomplete quadriplegic. At the moment Shell’s mobility is extremely impaired and her recovery time is unknown however she is determinedly undertaking rehabilitation and was recently moved to a spinal rehabilitation centre in Ryde.

Shell was able to visit her patrol over the October long weekend and said she was determined to get back onto the beach as soon as she can.

President of North Entrance SLSC, David Blow, describes Michelle as a passionate and caring person who is well loved around the club.

“Shell is an amazing person to be around and she loves to not only patrol and compete for our club but is the first to come to the rescue when somebody is in need. If there is a fundraiser, or someone is in trouble Shell is always there to help whether it’s her family, friends and even those in the community who have no-one else to help out,” said David.

The surf club is getting behind Michelle to support her through her recovery and is hosting a benefit night, a Shell’s Army Fundraising event which will be held on Saturday 29th November at Mingara Recreation Club on the Central Coast.

The club is seeking donations and prizes that may be raffled or auctioned on the night, as well as general donations or the purchase of tickets to attend this event.

All donations will go towards making the future for Shell and her family a little easier as they come to terms with this tragic event and their uncertain future.

For more information please go to the Shell’s Army Facebook Page or the North Entrance SLSC website.

Tue 28 Oct 2014