Mildura Weekly : Friday April 2 2015 Vol 9 No 21
12 NEWS MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, APRIL 3, 2015 By ALAN ERSKINE BORN and raised in the Mallee, Rohan Gregg was a real go-getter in and around his home town of Ouyen. He was into everything, espe- cially sport, began an apprentice- ship in the family’s electrical busi- ness, and started his own mobile disco business. Nothing could keep Rohan down, even when he was diag- nosed with serious kidney disease at 20, and his kidney began to fail. According to family members, Rohan refused to let the disease rule his life. He maintained an in- fectious sense of humour, a strong work ethic, and carried on with as many sporting commitments as his condition allowed, even after being regularly hooked up to a life-saving dialysis machine. Not long before his 21st birth- day, Rohan jokingly suggested to his mother Margaret that he would love a healthy kidney. Margaret secretly underwent some tests, and was delighted when doctors told her she would be a compatible donor. The trans- plant was done within months. It was a life-saving operation, and although Rohan wasn’t able to play sport at elite level again, and suffered side-effects from some of the powerful drugs he was taking, he was to fulfil a lot of dreams as a high-achiever over the next 30 years. Sadly, Rohan died before achieving a long-time wish - enter- ing a car in the long-running and popular fund-raising Kidney Kar Rally. But he had gone as far as buying and doing up the vehicle he wanted, a 1984 Holden Statesman Deville, and Rohan’s family now intends to finish what he started. The family has registered, and named, the vehicle ‘Roboat’ ... Rohan’s nick-name... and they’ve put together a strong and commit- ted team in his honour – Rohan’s sons Peter, Corey and Ben, and his brothers Murray, Barry and Mar- cus. “Rohan’s wish was to raise as much money for kidney research and treatment as he could,” Barry said yesterday. “Everything we raise from sponsors and supporters will go to the Australia-wide not-for-profit organisation Kidney Health Aus- tralia, and be used to help save and improve the lives of Austra- lians affected by kidney disease. “This includes supporting the Kidney Kids camps that are held every year to provide children with kidney disease the opportunity to interact with other kids living with Kidney Disease, to form strong net- works and enjoy lots of fun activi- ties.” • Continued Page 14 Kidney failure, a later transplant and associated health problems couldn’t keep a good man down. Ouyen’s Rohan Gregg lived life to the full, with few items on his ‘bucket list’ not ticked off before he died. One of his dreams, to be part of the annual Kidney Kar Rally, will now be fulfilled, thanks to his family. Now it’s... Full speed ahead for Ouyen’s ‘Roboat’ • LIFE-SAVER: Rohan Gregg’s mother Lorraine secretly underwent tests to see if she could become a kidney donor for Rohan. They are pictured in hospital shortly before the operation. ABOVE LEFT: Rohan and Lorraine Gregg with sons Peter, Ben and Corey. They will help crew ‘Roboat’ to honour their Dad. 119 Langtree Avenue 50227750 www.prdnationwide.com.au/mildura We Are Available Over Easter Call The Award Winning Sales Team on 5022 7750 or Richard Wyatt 0414 600 035 MERBEIN 205 Main Avenue Sth GOL GOL 5 Bligh Street BURONGA 26 Melalueca Street IRYMPLE 2 Bollinger Court KOORLONG 8 Bushland Rise IRYMPLE 588 Karadoc Avenue MILDURA 2 Panorama Drive MILDURA MARINA 15 Bridge Way MILDURA 201 Sheoak Avenue We Have Buyers Desperate For Your Home In All Areas Thinking of Selling, Call for a FREE Market Appraisal Today!
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