THE Retro Rats have played tunes that have made Ballarat residents dance for a cause.
Now, after enjoying time hitting the decks and raising money for charity Matt Taylor, Steven Gill, Adam Scott, Matt Clark and Glen Fisher are calling it a day.
But before they spin their last disc they are raising money a child who has touched their hearts.
Ethan Brown, 5, was born with a complex heart disorder.
He has had two major heart surgeries including a 16 hour surgery that doctors were not sure he would live through.
The Retro Rats will donate $5 from each ticket to the Brown family.
Ethan’s mum Glenda Brown said Ethan was diagnosed with the disorder at aged three-and-a-half.
It impacts his ability to regulate his body temperature and has had a huge impact on the young family’s life.
“We nearly lost him and he had a 16 hour surgery that they deemed successful,” Ms Brown said.
“He is a lot better now but it is always battle.
“He is back at school but spends lots of time time in hospital.
Since Ethan’s diagnoses Ms Brown has had to resign from her job and become Ethan’s full-time carer – placing extra strain on the family.
“To have a chronically ill child is tiring in every way,” Ms Brown said.
She said it was wonderful that so many members of the community were reaching out to help the family.
Ethan, who has joined a basketball team, was pretty chuffed to be the centre of attention and was excited that the funds raised would help his mum and dad.
Mr Taylor said he felt Ethan was the “bravest boy in the world” and was delighted to be able to raise money to help the family.
He described the upcoming event as a fitting end to a career he relished.
“When you do what you love it’s great. When you can do what you love and help someone else out, it’s a win-win.”
The Retro Rats will join together for a final time on July 23 at the Element Nightclub to play 70s and 80s music.With Djs Steve Gill, Matt Taylor, Adam Scott, Matt Clark and Glen Fisher along with local bands Long Walk Home, Trunk and Asio providing the night’s entertainment.
Mr Taylor said the group had decided to call it a day because they all had busy lives.
“I love to entertain and do something for charity,” Mr Taylor said.
“I will miss being out with the other DJs and no other club caters for the over 21s.”
To find out more or to purchase tickets for the night contact Retro Rats owner Steve Gill on 0418 518 021. Tickets are $25.
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