Widgee resident Jacob Shearer was a victim of this year’s floods.
Widgee resident Jacob Shearer was a victim of this year’s floods. Contributed

Public urged to celebrate flood victim on birthday

THE memory of Jacob Shearer who lost his life in Widgee's raging floodwaters in January, will be honoured on his birthday, August 12.

Mr Shearer, who was born with cerebral palsy, was a passenger in a van driven by his parents when it was washed off the road and swept down Widgee Creek.

His mother and step father survived after being saved by fire and rescue officers but Mr Shearer, who was wheelchair bound, was washed away and drowned.

Widgee resident Catie Elder is trying to raise funds for the family of Mr Shearer and along the way recognise and celebrate his life.

Ms Elder said Mr Shearer was a "great bloke that was full of energy and life".

"Jacob grew up in Redcliffe and moved to Widgee around five years ago," she said.

"He was 27 years old and was to have another birthday on August 12, but tragically he drowned."

She said his loss was a shock to all who knew him and his mother and father are struggling in the wake of his death. Ms Elder is organising a Dress for Jake Day to celebrate his life and help raise funds for the family.

It will be held on his birthday.

"I would like kids to come to school dressed in Rasta colours, red, green, yellow and black, as Jake was a huge fan of Bob Marley," Ms Elder said.

"Some schools are having a crazy hair day along with a gold coin donation.

"Money raised will go to Jake's family."

Ms Elder has urged all other community organisations and schools to join in to help the family.

Anyone who would like to assist can contact Catie Elder by email 3leatgirls@gmail.com or phone 0468 915 107.

Gympie Times


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