When Mal Ward found out that his son, Johnno, was seriously ill with childhood liver disease, he made a decision: rather than sit around feeling sorry for himself, he would start fundraising for the very people that were trying to keep his boy and others alive.
Unfortunately, Johnno lost his battle in 2008, but that hasn’t stopped Mal from continuing to dedicate himself to helping sick children through his Forever Johnno charity, which organises a fundraiser in May and a Christmas present drive in December each year.
On Friday, 20 May 2016 we held the Forever Johnno Monster Raffle Event in our Sports Bar and raised over $14,000 for the charity.
“The Coogee Bay has always been close to my heart and Chris has taken it upon himself to really rally behind me and help us out with the fundraiser. Every year they’ve given some type of support – even when it wasn’t held there… prizes like free accommodation or Brasserie vouchers etc. They’ve been fantastic, to be honest, he’s really gone above and beyond for me & Forever Johnno, and I’ll always be happy to have it at the venue cause they’ve just helped so much, and on the actual night, everything the staff do there is just unreal.”
Mal Ward, Forever Johnno