Australian Lions Foundation Donates an Additional $100,000 to Tadros Family


Ten-year-old Nicholas Tadros’ heartbreaking story has captivated the nation, after he suffered extensive injuries in the Gold Coast helicopter crash which tragically killed his mother Vanessa and three others.

Nicky broke almost every bone in his body and had to have his leg amputated.

To support Nicholas and his dad through this difficult time, the Australian Lions Foundation has announced a generous donation of $100,000 at a special BBQ held at Nicholas and his father Simon’s home recently.

The $100,000 donation is in addition to the over $100,000 already raised for the ALF’s national fundraising appeal.
ALF has been working closely with Nicholas’ local Lions Club, Lions Club of Parramatta Inc in recent months to use the funds raised in the appeal to support Nicholas and Simon.

Nicholas still faces a long road with his recovery, but his prospects look brighter with the support from the Australian Lions Foundation, Parramatta Lions and the generous community and corporate donations.

Donations to the Australian Lions Foundation Appeal can be made online and 100% of the funds raised will be used to support Nicholas and his father Simon.

Simon and Nicholas both expressed their gratitude at the generosity and outpouring of support from the community to date.

“Nicky’s story captured the hearts of many and when we saw his father confirm to A Current Affair that Nicholas’ right leg needed to be amputated due to infection, we knew we needed to do something. That’s when Australian Lions Foundation launched our National Appeal. It has been so wonderful to see the community get behind this brave little boy and his devoted Dad.

“In recent months Australian Lions Foundation has been working closely with Nicholas’ local Lions Club, Parramatta Lions Club to use the funds raised in the appeal to support Nicholas and his father. We are very pleased to be donating an additional $100,000 to help support Nicholas on his recovery.”

“It’s been a difficult few months for Nicky and Simon. Simon can no longer work as a truck driver and won’t for the foreseeable future as he needs to be by his son’s side for the road to recovery.

“Both are so grateful for the support they have received from the community.

“We know many people are looking for a way to support Nicholas and his father through this difficult time and we are pleased to be able to help facilitate this.

“We welcome the generous donations from corporate Australia and encourage any and all donations to continue support for the Tadros family” said Tony Benbow OAM, Australian Lions Foundation Chairperson.

To make a donation, visit

All donations over $2 are tax deductible.

Corporate donations to be made via Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) to the Foundation’s Compassionate Grant Fund’s Westpac bank account (BSB: 036-157, Account#: 535251) with an email to be sent to confirming their donation.

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