It takes a community to save and raise a fine young man...

$41,935 donated
Given by 398 generous donors in around 5 months

At 16 Enzo will live life as a tetraplegic. Alongside all the love he has and treatment, funds will be needed to achieve a life well-lived.


On Friday 31 st January 2020, the Enzo and his mates went for a swim as they often did from the wharf in Moncks Bay Christchurch. Playing around on the sand island in the middle of the estuary, Enzo Halliburton dived into the water and did not resurface.

Unbeknown to his friends he had seriously injured his spine in that dive, and could not use his legs.

When his friends realized they pulled his now unconscious body from the water and began

mouth to mouth resuscitation. The boys called for help and were assisted by the St Johns

Ambulance, and also the Sumner Surf Life Saving.

Enzo is currently being treated in ICU at Christchurch Hospital and will be transferred to

Burwood Spinal Unit in due course.

Enzo has suffered a C5-C7 spinal injury that will result in life in a chair and many challenges, unknowns and complications to overcome.

One thing we know for sure is that Enzo has been growing into a fine young man with a generous heart and an adventurous spirit. He will repay your support by continuing to become a fine young man and to live life to the maximum.

We have set up a Give A Little page to support Enzo 'in life' - for education, life choices, equipment and personal supports.

If you are someone who wants to see a young 16 year old live the best life he can in such life-changing circumstances, then this is the page for you to support and we thank you from the very deepest part of our hearts.

christine waterman's involvement (page creator)

Hello, we are a family of 4. Myself, Guy, Madeleine and Enzo.

Use of funds

Future-proofing for Enzo- educational choice, equipment, new treatment technologies and life choices. Should we/ he find there to be greater funds than needed to meet these aims then monies would be donated to the Spinal Unit Christchurch New Zealand.

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One year on  11 February 2021

Hello there team Enzo. I know we closed the page but I felt an update might be a nice thing to do.

So Enzo is just that- Enzo. Occasional blips in his self image but really just getting on with life.

He has had his nerve surgery for some hand movement and this is looking promising.

In May he is having big surgery to try imitating tricep work and he is trying to get as strong as possible for this.

He can push 4 km, curl 5 kilo, swim 20 25m lengths and is learning to use his electric


School is back on the agenda and the game console sorted.

His friends are magnificent and an essential part of his well being.

Thank you one and all for being a part of this dear boys journey. I trust this finds you all well and happy.

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Val Smith
Val Smith on 10 Jun 2020
Will be following your progress and wishing you all the best Enzo.
Kaspar on 11 May 2020
It’s good to read of your progress. You are in our thoughts.
Charlotte on 02 May 2020
Sending Love
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This page was created on 13 Feb 2020 and closed on 10 Jul 2020.