YOUNG Koori woman Naomi Foster has been in Princes of Wales hospital spinal unit since April.
The 21 year old has been doing a strict rehabilitation program after a blood clot on her spine caused paralysis from her hands to her feet and medical specialists are not sure if she will walk again.
She was able to come home to Wallaga Lake for the first time last weekend with the support of the hospital and Nardy House.
She visited her family and attended a fundraiser event in Narooma on the Saturday night.
Ms Foster was champion athlete at Narooma High School, excelling at league tag, netball and rugby union.
In 2008 she left school following the death of her father, but returned to graduate Year 12, the first in her family to do so.
After school Ms Foster combined studying a Certificate III in Business Administration with working in the Merriman’s Aboriginal Land Council office at Wallaga Lake.
She was the recipient for the 2012 BVSC Young Women’s Scholarship as a part of International Women’s Day.
Southern Women’s Group and Women’s Resource Centre based in Bega has raised $5000 so far for Naomi but more financial support is needed.
The centre’s Gabrielle Powell said hospital staff estimated it would cost $35,000 to purchase equipment Naomi needs to live independently.
Her half brother and sister with the help of Barnardo’s in Wollongong ran a fundraiser at West Illawarra Leagues club in August.
The next fundraiser for Naomi will be a music night to be held at Tilba Hall on September 21 starting at 6pm.
There will be a great line up of fabulous musicians and singers such as Uncle Warren Foster and the Gulaga Dancers, Heather Black and Damon Davies, Shana Provost and the Gypsies from Outerspace.
It will be $15 adults, $10 concession, $30 families – this is an alcohol free event.
Please support this event or just make a donation at Westpac Branches with account name Southern Women's Group Inc. – Naomi Foster BSB: 032682 Account No: 187787.