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06/08/2014 - A life-changing operation for Zakk

Our Press Release was issued in August and was picked up by a number of the local media outlets. Text as below:


Zakk Burks, a 4-year old from Sunninghill suffers from quadriplegic spastic cerebral palsy and needs a life-changing operation to be carried at St Louis Hospital in Missouri, America. †Last year (2013) his mother Melanie embarked on a fund-raising project to raise £60,000 for the hospital fees and stay in America, plus his long-term physiotherapy and equipment back home. †By June 2014 Melanie's efforts had raised £52,000, and now the Children With Special Needs Foundation (CWSNF) has agreed to close the gap with a donation of £8,000, using funds raised at the Rotary Club of Ascot Charity Golf Day in 2013.

Today a symbolic presentation of the final £8,000 was made to Melanie, accompanied by Zakk and his sister Millie, at Mill Ride Golf Club, meeting place of the Rotary Club of Ascot.† The presentation was made by the founder of the Children With Special Needs Foundation Gordon Parris, himself an Honorary Rotarian, in conjunction with the Rotary Club President Alan Rawlinson.† The money has in fact already been transferred to the St Louis Hospital, and Zakk and his family will be travelling out later this month in order for the operation to take place early in September.

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Children With Special Needs Foundation founder Gordon Parris (holding the cheque) with Zakk, Melanie and Mellie Burks, and members of Ascot Rotary Club.

Rotary Club President Alan said “We are delighted that the proceeds of our Golf Day are being used in this way, and we would like to express our best wishes to Zakk and his family on their journey and through the medical procedures to come.† We all hope for a successful outcome to the operation.”

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