Pearson “overwhelmed” by fundraiser support

OVER 100 people packed Worrigee Ex-Servicemen’s Sports Club last Friday night in support of a young man whose story captured the hearts of the town.

Jordy Pearson’s life changed forever on Saturday May 10, when he took to the field for beloved Nowra Blues in their South Coast AFL clash with the Albatross Demons at West Street Oval.

A serious collision with an Albatross player during the game left him with severe nerve damage and he had been in hospital ever since.

Last Friday he returned home and was welcomed by friends, family and teammates at a fundraiser held in his name at the sports club.

The night was a time for Pearson to catch up with his well-wishers, as well as raise some much needed funds for his recovery.

Over $8,000 was raised through an auction, treasure chest, and a push-up competition, which saw Rodney Owen the last man on the ground at 79 push-ups.

He was closely followed by Tracy Coe.

Pearson’s mother Sonja said it was a really fun night and she was blown away by the support.

“What this means for us today is that we can go and start Bowen treatments and any treatments that are available to him,” she said.

“We are travelling to Sydney two days a week and it will just take the stress off so much.”

Jordy said the turnout for his fundraiser was amazing and a great welcome home present.

“I was overwhelmed by it. It made me feel pretty special I guess,” he said.

“It was good to see all the (Nowra Blues) boys together, cricket people, family and friends.”

Pearson wanted to thank Nowra Blues Australian Football Club president Sharen Balazic, as well as his parents.

“Just everyone who donated prizes for the fundraiser, to everyone who came and sent messages during my recovery - thankyou,” he said.

Jordy said his recovery is going well, however he has to keep working on it to keep improving.