"As a parent it's your job to turn the stones for your child, failing to do so out of fear or misery and heart break is only neglecting your child's best interests. And I can tell you, years down the track the misery and heart break from knowing you neglected your child will hit you twice as hard"

James and Karissa, Isla's parents

Mission for Isla

Motors Tasmania, Parmic, Woolworths, Variety Tasmania and many local businesses, community groups and individuals are joining forces to raise $80,000 to support Isla after her life-saving surgery. 

Isla has a very rare disease called Rasmussens Encephalitis. There are only 500 known cases worldwide, 12 in Australia and Isla is only the second from Tasmania. This disease impacts one hemisphere of the brain, where inflammation progressively destroys brain cells, resulting in multiple seizures, loss of vision, cognitive impairment, hemiparesis and if left untreated, the child could die. The only definitive treatment is a hemispherectomy (which is a disconnection of the right-hand side of her brain). This surgery comes with irreversible consequences, including the possibility that Isla will be vision impaired and partially paralysed. Her family have opted to have the surgery at the beginning of September in Melbourne.  

Isla and her family are facing a time of immense challenges, including adapting their house and car to suit a child who may be visually impaired, and partially paralysed, as well as the fact that her parents will not be able to work while they care for Isla and her younger sister, 1 year old Tilly.

Holden Muster

Motors has been synonymous with the Holden brand since its purchase of the Chevrolet franchise back in 1922. Motors has been the sole Tasmanian retailer of GM and Holden vehicles since that time and therefore, it seems appropriate that we celebrate the retirement of the Holden brand with a Holden Muster.

The Holden Muster will be held in Hobart from the 3-6th September, and in Launceston, Devonport and Burnie from the 3-5th September and will feature a variety of Holden cars through the ages. Entry will be by donation. Purchase a snag at the Sausage Sizzle on the weekend at participating Motors, knowing you'll get a delicious snack while supporting Isla and her family. 

Raised so far

$90,492

Our Goal

$80,000

Motors Tas Pty Ltd is a fully owned subsidiary of Eagers Automotive Limited and incorporates the trading names “Motors” and “Webster Trucks”. Employing over 400 people, Motors Tas holds the car franchises for Holden (Statewide), Hyundai (Statewide), Nissan (Northern Tas), Honda (Burnie) and the Statewide truck franchises for Isuzu Trucks, Volvo Trucks, Mack and UD.

The Motors Foundation was created in 2010 and is a partnership between the Company and the staff of Motors and Webster Trucks whereby staff donations are matched 5 times by the Company. The Foundation was created to assist disadvantaged youth and families in Tasmania. So far, the Motors Foundation has raised $2.0m for Tasmanian charities

Parmic Pty Ltd is a Tasmanian owned and operated Fire Protection Company. We install and maintain Fire Sprinkler, Fire Detection, Fire Suppression and Special Hazard Systems. We manufacture system pipework and warehouse the stock and equipment on site at Mornington, with a satellite branch located in Launceston.

At Woolworths, we take a lot of pride in providing our customers with top quality Australian fresh food.

With more than 1,000 stores and 110,000 team members across the country, our purpose is to bring a little good to everyone everyday. Supporting Australian communities is a big part of this and we're proud to support the good work of Variety The Children's Charity in Tasmania.

Thank you to Rotary Clubs for supporting the Mission for Isla, especially to the Rotary Club of Tamar Sunrise who will be running the Sausage Sizzle at Motors Launceston on the 5th September.

The Fairy Godmothers is a registered Not For Profit Organisation in North West Tasmania, Australia. Their mission is to assist the Tasmanian community and families who have children with disabilities, special needs and medical conditions who require equipment, resources, financial assistance and medical attention. 

A big thank you to our Supporters

The real heroes who are kindly helping us achieve our goal

$77.11k

Motors Tasmania Holden Muster Fundraising

A huge thank you to all the generous people who supported the Mission for Isla at the Holden Musters across the State!

$52

Rochelle Fourie

$2k

Tilford Pty Ltd

$500

Shannon Insurance

$100

Elise Archer

$209

Anonymous

Well done Motors Team LX

$10

Lisa Wilkinson

Great car show Hobart!

$26

Shandel Pile

Sending a mountain of good vibes from my family to yours x

$52

Jan Bishop

Get well soon Isla Jan & Greg xx

$1.99k

Anonymous

$1.02k

True Seal

$52

Brenna Viney & Simon Loader

$104

Anonymous

$1,000

Webster Trucks / Isuzu

“Best wishes to Isla and her Family”

$50

Robert Winterbottom

All the best Isla & family

$1,000

Central Roofing Supplies

$100

Anonymous

Hope all goes well for you.

$104

David & Ann Brereton

$515

Knl Fire Systems

Best wishes to Isla and her family.

$261

Dean Ewington

Good Luck to Isla and her parents - hoipe all goes well.

$200

George Giameos

Best wishes to Isla and her family.

$100

James Willey

Hope it all works out OK

$157

John Papworth

Best wishes to Isla and her parents

$1,000

Sara Hurle

$313

Shaun Guard

$104

Garry Guard

$50

Cameron, Phyllis & Chinique Smith

Our thoughts are with you all during this time, prayers and best wishes for the future...

$104

John Howard / Eye Spy

Well wishes to Isla & all her family

$2.02k

Paul, Barbie And Team Parmic

We wish Isla and her family all our love, prayers and very best thoughts. Fingers, toes and anything else is crossed for a successful outcome, speedy recovery and a healthy and wonderful future for Isla and family.