TWU members driving trucks for Toll Group at Woolworths Distribution Centre in Minchinbury raise over $51,000 for workmate’s family.
Transport Workers’ Union members driving for Toll Group at Minchinbury have stood together to look after one of their own. Toll Minchinbury driver and TWU member, Phillip Mackey, is a proud dad to his two kids.
Phil’s four-year-old son Liam was born with an extremely rare genetic mutation and a whole host of medical issues that he and his family have had to deal with over his young life so far. Liam was born in 2013 with a physical disability called Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita. This meant Liam spent the first few months of his life in the Westmead Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
It’s not the only condition Liam suffers; in August a bout of severe pain caused him to stop breathing. As a result of this episode, Liam suffered a brain injury causing cerebral palsy and vision impairment. He was then diagnosed with a very rare pain condition called Paroxysmal Extreme Pain Disorder.
Finally in 2014 Liam was found to have a genetic mutation that affects only 25 other people in the world. He has a mutation in one of his genes, ZC4H2. Over his short life span he has had many significant surgeries and lengthy hospital stays. There are more to come.
Liam relies on a continuous feeding tube and is unable to sit up, walk or stand unassisted, Liam relies on full-time 24-hour care from family and some carers.
TWU members at the Toll Woolworths yard in Minchinbury have rallied around Liam and his family and have been raising funds to help out Phil and his wife Kylie who want to ensure a happy and comfortable life for Liam.
Collectively the drivers have organised raffles and a range of other fundraisers which has seen them raise over $51,000 for the family. Toll TWU members have presented the funds to the family in a lunchtime event held where Phil and his mates work every day.
Rob Hancock, Toll Site Manager at Woolworths Distribution Centre in Minchinbury said “It’s heartening to see the drivers in our yard coming together to support this incredible family.”
Richard Olsen, State Secretary of the Transport Workers Union of NSW said, “I can’t imagine a better story than this, which shows the distance that union members are prepared to walk together to help one of their own”.
Members of the public can donate – a GoFundMe page has been setup for Liam and his family as well. https://www.gofundme.com/LifewithLiam
TWU Media Inquiries – Colin Henderson 0405625208
Toll Group Media Inquiries – Lindsay Tagg