Hunter stays strong

Appeal. Smithton boy Hunter Stokes is the latest local whose story has been shared on crowdfunding site GoFundMe in a bid to support him and his family.

Recently, 11-year-old Hunter complained of headaches and feeling unwell. When his pain persisted, he was taken to North West Regional Hospital where an MRI detected an arachnoid cyst.

He has visited a neurosurgeon in Hobart and now needs to have an electroencephalogram (EEG) and see an eye specialist, as the cyst is believed to be pushing on an optic nerve.

In two weeks, he will be back in Hobart to undergo surgery to have the cyst removed.

When asked how he was feeling, Hunter said: “A bit nervous but I know it’s for the best.”

Mum Monica said words cannot express what the support from family and community has been like.

“The way the community has been, and the Scotchtown Football Club, has been extremely overwhelming and humbling to us,” she said.

“It’s just tremendous what our community can really do.

“I’ve had oodles of messages and phone calls . . . it’s great to know that you’ve got everybody’s love and support behind you.”

Scotchtown Football Club treasurer Bev Blakemore was the one to share Hunter’s story online, describing him as a “little champion”.

She said following his U/14s matches, Hunter is likely to be seen wearing a bright green vest to run water for the U/17s.

Bev said she became familiar with the site following the community’s recent fundraising response to Stanley girl Lilly Best.

On the site, Bev wrote: “We are raising money for Hunter and his family to try and ease the financial strain hospitalisation brings upon a family.

“We want to see Hunter back fit, healthy, happy and well as soon as possible. He’s a little champion and we all wish him the very best.

“Please support this great cause, as I know our community can do so well.”

Scotchtown Football Club, along with Tigers Hockey Club, has decided to donate money raised from an upcoming social fundraiser to Hunter’s family.


Scotchtown Football Club and Tigers Hockey Club will host a Tigers’ Night Out on Saturday August 22, 7pm at the Circular Head Community and Recreation Centre with live entertainment from Hobart band Clay Soldier. The $10 door charge will be donated to Hunter.

To donate to Hunter’s cause online go to

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