Highlander Brad Thorn and Sinclair May enjoy a special
moment yesterday. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
It is not often school ''fact-a-thons'' and discos
involve former All Blacks, but fundraising for 6-year-old
Sinclair May is a special case.
Highlander and former All Black Brad Thorn is helping raise
funds for the Dunedin boy who has an undiagnosed chromosome
defect resulting in delayed development.
On August 8, Sinclair and his father, Jason, will travel to
Hong Kong for a treatment which Mr May describes as ''a bit
quirky''- tongue acupuncture, which it is hoped will
significantly develop the youngster's speech. To help cover
the $15,000 trip, his school, St Francis Xavier School, is
running a maths ''fact-a-thon'', with pupils seeking
sponsors, and a school disco next month.
Sinclair will be the first from New Zealand to receive the
treatment, and Mr May hoped his son could act as a
''pioneer'' for other New Zealanders with developmental
''If this helps another child, we've done the job,'' he said.
The family had raised about half the money so far.
Mr Thorn became involved when his children moved to St
Francis Xavier School and he heard about Sinclair.
''I wanted to help however I could,'' he said.
''I think it is great to see mum and dad give it a crack for
the kid, just like any good parent,'' he said.
''I can't imagine [the treatment] will be very nice for
Sinclair. Hopefully, they get a good result''.
Mr May learned of the treatment by mistake. After bouncing
ideas around with Sinclair's chiropractor Dr Tat Loo and much
research, Mr May found out about Prof Sun Jie Gung at the
Hong Kong International Tongue Acupuncture Research Clinic.
''I asked [Prof Sun]: 'Will Sinclair speak?' and he said
'Yes'. I just have a gut feeling about this.''
- Hannah Greenslade-Yeats
Contributions can be made to:-
O'Neill Devereux Trust Account
Westpac bank account number 030903-0230245-00