Remembering Cameron Burke

Michael and Allana Burke with their children Chance and Charlotte, are hoping the community gets behind the Cameron Burke Memorial Day on Sunday at Springwood Country Club.

Michael and Allana Burke with their children Chance and Charlotte, are hoping the community gets behind the Cameron Burke Memorial Day on Sunday at Springwood Country Club.

Mark and Isla Vanhooft, Wayne Beard, Matthew Magri, Peter Nassif, Michael Burke, and front, Allana Burke with Charlotte and Chance, with some of the cars on show at Sunday's Cameron Burke Memorial Day.

Mark and Isla Vanhooft, Wayne Beard, Matthew Magri, Peter Nassif, Michael Burke, and front, Allana Burke with Charlotte and Chance, with some of the cars on show at Sunday's Cameron Burke Memorial Day.

To keep the memory alive of their two-year-old son Cameron who died in 2009, Michael and Allana Burke have spent months organising Sunday's family fun day at Springwood Country Club.

For the Cameron Burke Memorial Day, now in its third year, the couple are expecting at least 400 car and bike entries at their car show and at least 20 market stalls, including children's entertainment - a jumping castle, face painting, a petting zoo and slot car racing - and five bands playing modern rock music throughout the day. Some car enthusiasts are even coming from as far afield as the Gold Coast and Melbourne to show their pride and joy.

There will be numerous raffles and an auction which includes a Panthers jersey, five nights in a Gold Coast resort and three-theme park passes up for grabs. All money raised from the day goes to NETS - the Newborn and paediatric Emergency Transport Service, which runs largely on donations. It is the only service of its kind in Australia, providing expert clinical advice, emergency treatment and inter-hospital transport for very sick babies and children up to the age of 16 years.

The couple used NETS on a few occasions when Cameron was a baby and last year raised almost $20,000 for the service.

"People that come to the day are really making a difference," Mr Burke said.

"We are keeping Cameron's memory alive, we can spoil our kids every birthday, and for this weekend we have a big event and for one weekend everyone remembers Cameron," who died of rapid sodium loss.

And the fundraising doesn't stop at the family fun day.

On Saturday the couple have organised a three-course dinner with musical entertainment and an auction at Springwood Sports Club. All funds raised from the dinner go to a local family with two children who have serious medical conditions and lost their home during the October bushfires. Due to their kids' ongoing medical costs, which has even seen the family travel to the United States for surgery, the family cannot afford to rebuild.

"We're trying to make it locals helping locals," Mrs Burke said.

Last year they raised almost $30,000 at the dinner and this went to a family in need.

The couple said the entire weekend wouldn't be possible without the generosity of large and small businesses, locals and car clubs.

There are still tickets available to the dinner. Visit the Facebook page The Cameron Burke Foundation or call Mr Burke on 0409 084 419. Entry to the family fun day from 9am-4pm is by gold coin donation and $10 to enter a vehicle in the car show.

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