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Byron Shire
March 23, 2023

Bangalow pulls together to help a family

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A Bangalow family is struggling to cope – both emotionally and financially – after their husband and father, Scott Basso, unexpectedly passed away from a suspected cerebral haemorrhage on 12 December last year. He had planned to meet his wife Krysten for lunch in Bangalow that day but did not make it.


The 39-year-old husband of Krysten and father of Tonaya, 11, and nine-year-old twins Kasey and Ella, had been diagnosed with a substantial brain tumour after a massive seizure mid last year. The tumour was successfully removed with emergency surgery. Scott returned home and seemed to be recovering well.


Scott had always been part of the far north coast community. Scott and Krysten met in Lismore, were married at the Riverview Guest House in Bangalow and moved to the village 12 years ago when they started their family.


Two years ago, Krysten and her friend Lisa Sharpe trained very hard for a bike ride in Vietnam, raising $10,000 for a Vietnamese children’s charity, as they felt they were the lucky ones and wanted to give something back.


Now, though, Krysten’s luck has changed and this time she needs the community’s help, as understandably Scott’s passing has left his family in a difficult financial situation.


With the help of the Bangalow Lions Club, Scott’s family and friends aim to raise funds to relieve the financial pressure and to assist them to remain in their home in Bangalow.


A fundraising auction night will be held at the A&I Hall, Station St, Bangalow, on June 23. Leading up to this there will be raffles run in the Bangalow, Byron and Lismore areas.


The Lions Club is requesting donations of products, services, vouchers, etc, to use as raffle prizes and/or new items for the auction. Financial donations will also be greatly appreciated. The club is offering to include company logos and/or names in promotional material for the event.


The group is aiming to finalise donations by April 1. Please call Stephanie Hannah 0402 727 427, Warwick McPherson 0429 667 570, Justin Wells 0414 458 073 or Lisa Sharpe 0439 011 366 for more information or to offer a donation.


If you would like to make a financial donation, please call into any Summerland Credit Union branch using the reference ‘BASSO’ payable to Bangalow Lions Activities Account BSB: 728 728 Account: 222 122 40.

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