Zae is fighting for his life in hospital. Any donations to help make Zae's rehabilitation Easier will be sincerely appreciated.
This give a little page is created with the permission of Zae's family. For those of you who know Zae you will know he is a very talented Rugby League and rugby player. He is a very strong athletic young man who has been in Australia playing league and has just recently returned to NZ to continue playing league with the Northcote Tigers. Unfortunately Zae has only played one game with them before being struck down with a sudden illness. Not only is he athletic but he has a great sense of humor and is a great friend to all his mates.
Zae had the flu which progressed to pneumonia and subsequently a serious infection that has left him fighting for his life in Auckland City hospital. He is currently on a ventilator and an ECMO machine.
When Zae recovers from this he is going to require a lot of rehabilitation and it will be a long road back for him to be the young fit healthy young man he was prior to this illness.
Zae had just started a job and will not be eligible for ACC while he is sick. He has already spent nearly four weeks in hospital.
While visiting Zae in hospital it makes me feel helpless that there is nothing we can do for him. I believe most people feel the same. This is one way the wider community can show our support for Zae and his family during his recovery.
We have known Zae since he was a wee boy. My husband coached him when he played Rugby and he is a good friend of my son Joel.
Zae for his rehabilitation.
Any surplus money will be donated to a charity of Zae's choice.
Update for Zae and the funds that were recieved 23 August 2019
Its hard to believe that it has been over two months since our gorgeous Zae passed away.
This page was never started with even the remote thought that Zae would die it was meant for his rehabilitation. Unfortunately money couldn't save our Zae but it certainly helped with the financial burden. Myself and the family have been overwhelmed with the generosity of everyone who donated to Zae, family friend and strangers alike.
The money has been used for the funeral and the remaining money will be used to fund some "Zae Wallace" memorial initiatives in the various sporting communities that he was passionate about.
Also mea/alofa (gifts/donations) have been dispersed to charities: CVICU Auckland Hospital and Heart for Youth as would have been Zae's wishes.
Once again my heartfelt thanks to everyone who donated and to the "Give a little" staff who have been very supportive.
"Rest In Peace our Zae you will always be missed and in our hearts forever" xxxx