Friends rally to help baby Jahkai

Jahkai Drinkwater has Down syndrome and was born with a variety of health problems.
Jahkai Drinkwater has Down syndrome and was born with a variety of health problems. Contributed

BABY Jahkai does not know it, but he has a whole support network out there for him.

The six-month-old Buderim bub, who was born with Down syndrome, two holes in his heart, liver problems and several other health issues, is at the centre of fundraising efforts to help him through life.

His parents, Karlea and Storme Drinkwater, have been touched by the gestures of strangers and friends, some of whom they have not seen in 20 years.

Maroochydore High School class of 1992, of which Mr Drinkwater was a graduate, has banded together to host a fundraiser for their former classmate's newborn come the 20-year reunion in September.

There will also be an online auction on Facebook page Jahkai Drinkwater Auction Appeal on July 8, with all funds raised going to cover the baby's medical costs.

"There has been so much love and support from friends and then those we don't know," Mrs Drinkwater said.

"They've stepped out of daily life and put their problems aside to help people like us.

"Jahkai is a petal in a big pond when it comes to kids with special needs.

"We didn't want anyone feeling sorry for us. I've learnt to accept and be grateful."

Mrs Drinkwater, 27, said she did not have a screening for Down syndrome during her pregnancy as the family did not have the money for it at the time.

According to statistics, the likelihood of carrying a baby with Down syndrome ranges from about one in 1295 at age 20 to about one in 82 at age 40.

Jahkai will have open heart surgery tomorrow.

To bid in the online auction, search Jahkai Drinkwater Auction Appeal on Facebook.

Topics:  auction baby down syndrome facebook fundraising health

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Linking Alms for locals

LINKING ALMS: Donna Erikson and Margaret Boland from the Emerald Neighbourhood Centre are busy preparing hampers..

Local organisation asking for donations to bring Christmas cheer.

Emergency services' generous donation

GENEROUS LOCALS: Emerald Emergency Services present cheque to Emerald Neighbourhood Centre.

Emerald emergency services have made a generous donation.

Discover region's jewel

The Capella Lighthorsemen.

Discover your own backyard: Capella focus

Local Partners

Dreamworld scare: "We were in line but went on other ride"

Emerald's Sue Baguley was visiting Dreamworld with her family when the tragic accident happened.

WATCH: NASA space station is live, see the view from above

In this picture taken from NASA's International Space Station from April 2015, the SpaceX Dragon is captured with the 57.7-foot-long Canadarm2 robotic arm before its installation to the Harmony module.

See the world from a new perspective as space station passes Rocky

Walk into Wonderland this weekend

The committee from last year's Sip in Style who are planning this year's event.

Sip and Style is on this Saturday night in Clermont.

Come along to open day

The Gemfields Ambulance Station.

THE Gemfields Ambulance Station is holding an open day.

Mariah Carey and James Packer discussing relationship

Mariah Carey and James Packer are discussing how to work things out

January Jones: Take time away from your phone

January Jones needs time away from her phone

Mel C won't return to Spice Girls for daughter

MEL C is adamant she won't reunite with the Spice Girls

60's British rock legends to return to Australia

The Troggs will play a string of dates across Australia in November.  Photo Contributed

We all remember 'Wild Thing' and now you can hear it live.

Depp jumps ship from agency of 25 years

Johnny Depp has signed to CAA after 25 years with the United

Orlando Bloom 'buried' Katy Perry in birthday flowers

Orlando Bloom "buried" Katy Perry in flowers for her birthday

Want to own one of Australia's best restaurants?

TOP GONG: Mooloolaba Spice Bar has been named in TripAdvisor's Top 10 Australian restaurants for 2016.

Here's your chance to pick up one of the Coast's favourite eateries

Tough times in CBD: Woolies says goodbye Ipswich

Woolworths in the Ipswich Mall.Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times

The last day of trading will be January 1

Look at me! Kath and Kim home up for sale

Kath and Kim from the iconic Aussie TV series.

'Crack open the Baileys and grab a box of BBQ Shapes'

How to fit 100,000 new homes on the Coast

Property, real estate, housing, suburb,  August 2016

Fitting 2m extra people in south-east Qld in 25 years a balance

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!