NEWLY-ELECTED deputy mayor for Fairfield Council George Barcha has followed through on his pledge to help raise funds for Bossley Park's Hillawi family.
Two months ago, Cr Barcha approached the Champion to make public Martin Hillawi's story.
The once bubbly, healthy little boy is now unable to see, hear, walk or talk.
His life took a drastic turn for the worse in May 2011, shortly after his third birthday, when his parents, Baha and Zeina Hillawi, began noticing a change in his development and personality.
Martin was referred and admitted to the local hospital, but specialists from around the world have been unable to determine the cause of his sickness.
Cr Barcha was so touched by Martin's story that he began an appeal to help raise funds for the family so that they will be able to buy a car that can accommodate Martin's wheelchair as well as a car seat especially designed for him.
He has also organised a fund-raiser to be held at the Assyrian Sports and Cultural Club on Friday, November 15.
This will include a three-course meal and drinks, live entertainment, a raffle and several auctions.
"We're going to auction off a football jersey," Cr Barcha said.
"Some of the prizes for the raffle will include a plasma TV and an iPhone.
"I'm hoping to have more than 600 people in attendance and raise more than $30,000 for the Hillawi family."
Mr Hillawi said he was thrilled to see members of the community so keen to help his family.
"It's good to see how much people care," he said.
"The most important thing for us is getting enough money to buy the car, because at the moment we can't leave the house with Martin."
Tickets to the event cost $50 a person.
The night will kick off at 7.30 at the Assyrian Sports and Cultural Club, which is at 52-54 Stanbrook Street in Fairfield Heights.
If you would like to help the Hillawi family by making a donation, you can call 0427 901 166.