Gympie Gold goes into bat to get Will rolling

Celia Knight and son Will Brady.
Celia Knight and son Will Brady. Tanya Easterby


GYMPIE mother Celia Knight "can't wait" to be another mum who always has one eye on her active roaming three-year-old.

It can be a stressful prospect once a child becomes mobile, but for Celia, it would mean the world to her and fiancé Josh Brady to see their boy getting around on his own.

Their happy, smart and independent son William is one in 100,000 children with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita with amyoplasia.

The neurological disorder means William's muscles have not developed and movements in his joints are severely limited. William can't walk or bend his elbows and has trouble significant holding things in his hands.

However, while young William knows not of his limitations, a $20,000 wheelchair would provide him much-needed freedom to play and explore like other little boys.

Cue Gympie Gold Off-road XI, and a tribe of supporters, who will take to the golfing green at Gunabul Par 3 on August 4 in an effort to raise funds for one of their youngest fans.

The Gold will give half the money raised at what is set to be a quirky and fun golf day to William to help fund the much-anticipated wheelchair to provide him much-needed freedom to play and explore like his friends.

While the family of four have already pulled together more than $15,000 through a combination of government funding and fundraising, they still need around $5500 to make the life-changing equipment theirs.

In order to care for William, and their four-month-old daughter Soraya, Celia doesn't work which means the family rely on Josh's income alone.

"The thought of [raising around $10,000] just stressed me so much," Celia said.

Celia admits while at times stress and emotions peak, "if I had one wish from a genie, I wouldn't change him."

"I'd just make us super rich," she jokes, referring to the increasing costs associated with providing William with important life tools, which will soon extend to a wheelchair-friendly car and possible an arm aid to assist him to eat, however they are valued at almost $50,000.

It's for these reasons that help from locals like the Gold XI mean so much to the family.

It's no surprise that the tight-knit, family-oriented team is so supportive however, as Josh is a star in the ranks.

The former Sunshine Coast Scorcher and key Gold all-rounder is understandably William's idol.

Josh's cricket-mad son spends afternoons at the pitch, watching his dad in action or joining in with other kids.

However, while William currently watches from the sidelines, soon his mum said he will be able to get in amongst the fun with the other kids.

Even being able to move around the house would be a big thing, says Celia.

"I said to Will 'soon you can go where ever you want; if you're sick of being in the lounge room, you can go to the kitchen'."

"I just can't wait," she said.

But if you ask William what he's most looking forward to in the wheelchair, he will tell you it's being able to "play".

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