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Donate here: Help a community already touched by tragedy

Neil Mitchell
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The tight-knit community who mourned the loss of Patrick Cronin, the teenager killed while intervening in a pub fight, is facing a new hardship.

But this time we might be able to help.

Josh Davis (pictured in hospital above with his girlfriend), 25, is an electrician and among Pat’s close mates rallied around the Cronin family and had a tribute to Pat tattooed across his chest.

He was camping alongside the Cronin family and other friends at Corowa recently when some river fun turned to disaster when Josh was thrown into shallow water.

Pat Cronin’s mother was one of the first to the scene and held Josh in the water until paramedics arrived.

Injuries have left Josh without any movement below his shoulders, with damage to his C4 and C5 vertebrae.

He was flown to the Alfred for emergency surgery and remains in intensive care at the Austin.

Now it’s time for the community, too familiar with tragedy, to rally around young Josh.


Friends and family are raising funds for medical costs.

To donate, go here.

They will also hold fundraiser held at Eltham Community Centre on May 12 at 7pm.

To get the event off the ground, they’re after some early donations and services.

If you can help with any of the below, please email

  • Catering
  • An MC/auctioneer
  • Printing of tickets, posters and a banner with pictures on it for night.
  • Donations of items to raise money from via Auction or raffles etc.

Or donation items:

  • Television
  • Bike
  • Household items
  • Small electrical appliances etc
  • Accommodation
  • Theater tickets or Concert tickets
  • Hotel stay
  • Dinner packages
  • Restaurant vouchers etc.
  • Hardware items/outdoor etc
  • Travel vouchers
  • Weekend away
  • Et cetera

Josh’s dad Jeff Davis told Neil Mitchell his son is overwhelming and taken aback by the response.

“This sort of injury creates a lot of ongoing health issues,” he said.

“In the three to six month period we will have a better idea of where he’s at, right at he its point he is still paralysed from the shoulders down.”

Click PLAY below to hear from Josh’s mate Anthony Hopkins and his father as he recovers in hospital

Neil Mitchell