Clutha mates have turned out in support of one of their own, following a random attack 2500km away.
Surfer Lockie Wilson (43) grew up in Balclutha, went to South Otago High School and now lives on Australia’s Gold Coast, not far from fellow Clutha ex›pat, Renwick Horder.
Mr Wilson was admitted to Gold Coast University Hospital on May 2 with knife injuries.
Police quickly caught the alleged assailant, who has been charged with attempted murder.
Mr Wilson was soon home and able to speak to a news crew with stitches in his hand and head, but will not have to process the trauma of his ordeal alone.
Mr Renwick Horder has organised a GoFundMe appeal on behalf of his friend and the site has already raised more than $13,000 of the $15,000 goal.
‘‘Lockie needs all the help he can get during this challenging time and for ongoing treatment required in the future,’’ Mr Renwick said, saying he hoped the funds would help his friend access counselling and professional support for post› traumatic stress.
‘‘Let’s give Lockie our help over the next few months with the unexpected medical expenses and his day›to›day needs. Let’s show him our love and concern for a full recovery from this shocking attack.’’
Clutha residents who knew Mr Wilson were keen to contribute and back up their mate’s mental and physical health.
‘‘There was a load of us back in school, some who surfed, some who just hung out,’’ local businessman Simon Cleverly said.
‘‘We all just seemed to come together on the Gold Coast years ago and some guys stayed on. What happened to Lockie was pretty random, it could happen to anyone . . . So you’ve got to be there to help your people when they need you.’’
› Lockie needs all the help he can get during this challenging time and for ongoing treatment required in the future. ›