Family of St Helens Park baby Elora overwhelmed by public support

A St Helens Park family is overflowing with gratitude after the Macarthur community rallied to support their ailing baby girl.

Shona Sheehy and Matthew Giddings Bowlay have been inundated with support from friends and family in the past few months, following daughter Elora's diagnosis with a rare brain disease.

The bub was diagnosed with Acute Necrotising Encephalopathy on Christmas Day last year and given 48 hours to live.

But treatments proved beneficial and Elora fought her way through the illness.

There were plenty of difficult days and the road to recovery continues, but the now 10-month-old girl is fighting her way back to health.

To help her along the way, friends are holding a fundraiser at Camden Civic Centre this Sunday, April 14.

"It's overwhelming and heart-warming to have the community around us," Ms Sheehy said.

"So many people want to help out and it definitely means a lot."

Ms Sheehy said family and friends had helped the family stay positive through hardest of times.

She said money raised at this weekend's fundraiser would ensure Elora had the best chance at a full recovery.

"It will allow us to access the best physical therapists which are expensive and out of our current price range," Ms Sheehy said.

Elora will require many more months of medical appointments and treatments to continue her positive recovery journey.

The fundraiser will be a dynamic event featuring a live auction with exciting donated prizes (including a signed and framed Sydney FC jersey, gold diamond ring, family photo shoot and more), raffles, a three-course meal and more.

It will be emcee'd by C91.3's Josh Webster.

Dress is cocktail.

Tickets are $80 each or $800 for a table of 10. Tickets are available until midnight tonight (Friday, April 12).

For more information about Elora's journey and to buy tickets visit