Charity Sale

Reporter: Jackie Quist

Shane Dorley is far from your average Joe -- he's the most down to earth bloke you'll ever meet and he brings the spirit of Christmas to underprivileged kids.

17 years ago Shane began helping out families like Tamika Nunn's and in 2003 he started a little charity called the JFD Foundation in memory of his late father. It's still small but it reached a point last year where the former shearer gave out 7000 toys to disadvantaged kids.

Tamika's is a familiar story in the town of Ballarat,100 km west of Melbourne. Here unemployment is high and the rising cost of living is pushing many to the brink.

In the lead up to Christmas, Shane is busy buying up palettes of food and boxes of toys ready to distribute around the town -- he does it with a smile all the while knowing this Christmas will be his last. "It is what it is you know simply that's it. I know it is, the family know it is, mates know it is and that's just it -- there's nothing you can do about it", Shane said.

Aged just 45, this man with the heart of gold is dying. Shane was diagnosed with terminal oesophageal cancer. "People say why are you smiling -- I say I should have been dead in August", Shane said.

Before his diagnosis in January, the father of two mortgaged his own house to buy the local community centre -- a place where young mums and their kids gather to play and to continue their education. It's had a revamp and it's been a lifesaver for teen mums like Alice. "He's wonderful, he's given us the best house to go to -- its safe, its clean, it's cosy for the kids and they love coming here - it's comfortable for everybody", Alice said.

Now Shane needs our help. He's developed three brand new units aiming to selling them at a profit to pay off the community centre and finance this year's Christmas run. Problem is two have sold but the front unit hasn't and with Christmas three weeks away, time is fast running out. "I'd like to get it sold. I hope I don't croak it before Christmas but yeah if I had a wish that would be it", Shane said.

"If he stays around to see it sold that would be really good", said young mum Georgina Hussey.

Like all the young mums Shane has helped, Georgina is devastated.

Shane's wife Trisha, daughter Kayla and son Braden are set to carry on his legacy. "Someone's got to do it and I'm happy to take the place, so bring it on I say", Braden said.

"It's about the children - it's all about the children", Shane said. 

SHANE'S FOUNDATION:

www.jfdfoundationballarat.com

SHANE'S UNIT FOR SALE IN SEBASTOPOL, BALLARAT, VICTORIA

www.realestate.com.au/property-unit-vic-sebastopol-114853719

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