Elliot Vanderland, four, pictured with his brother, faces a long period of treatment.

THE 2017 Elders Annual South Gippsland Charity Golf Day on Friday, July 28 at the Leongatha Golf Club will support two local families who unfortunately have been affected by childhood disease.
This year Elders will support 11 year-old Aaron Tanner from Toora and four year-old Elliot Vanderland from Leongatha.
Aaron was diagnosed with a brain tumour in September of 2016. Only three days after the diagnosis he underwent a nine-hour operation followed by six weeks of radiation.
He has been undergoing treatment since the diagnosis last year, where he has been receiving chemotherapy.
Aaron’s father Craig Tanner has had to take time off work without pay, and the family has temporarily relocated to be by Aaron’s side while he under goes treatment.
Elliot Vanderland’s parents had discovered in December of last year, that their little boy had a rare condition known as Aplastic Anaemia.
This is a bone marrow failure syndrome in which his own immune system attacks the platelets and white and red blood cells within the blood.
This condition is caused by another disease, Dyskeratosis Congenita.
The only cure for Aplastic Aneamia is a bone marrow transplant. The transplant will involve chemotherapy, months of isolation, including months away from home.
Elders’ annual event is proving to be quite popular and each year has attracted a full field for the four-person ambrose format, so be quick to book in and make your team payment ($250).
For those not wanting a hit or for those just wanting to come along and support the families, limited seats are available at $30 a ticket to be a part of the barbecue lunch, presentation and raffles/auction.
This year will have a rainbow theme, so make sure you dress up bright and colourful to be in the running to win some of the great prizes on offer for best dressed!
Elders is also looking for sponsors, so if you would be generous enough to donate money or prizes for the raffles/auction, please Elders South Gippsland branches; Korumburra on 5658 1894 or Leongatha on 5662 3523, with any questions.
Last year the event raised a massive amount of $21,143.77 and in the past five years of running this event, a total of $55,403.04 has been raised.
Elders looks forward to great success again this year and to providing help and support to two South Gippsland families, the Tanners and the Vanderlands, during this difficult time.