Fundraising effort underway for disabled man and his brother stranded at Snapper Bonanza after car breaks down


It's Adrian Dunne's love for fishing and his disabled brother John that see the pair make the annual pilgrimage north to Ninety Mile Beach for the World's largest Snapper surf casting competition, but this year they've hit a snag.

Adrian Dunne and his brother John (background).

Adrian Dunne and his brother John (background).

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With the five day Snapper Bonanza set to finish this afternoon the Dunne's have no way of getting home to Hastings after their four wheel drive broke down and the engine is beyond repair.

John, in his sixties, is wheelchair bound after he was struck down by a drunk driver at the age of 14.

Hundreds of people have positioned themselves along 90 Mile Beach for the contest.
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The brothers have become well known among fellow anglers and featured on 1NEWS earlier in the week for the custom designed wheelchair Adrian built which enables John to enjoy the surf.

"He loves it, he gets in the water and gives it ago and even catches the odd kahawai," says Adrian.

Over 800 people are trying their luck at Snapper Bonanza Surf Casting Competition in the Far North.
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Adrian who is John's full time caregiver has been bringing his brother to the event for more than a decade and says it's religious.

The men are among more than 800 others this year who have come from all over trying to land the biggest Snapper and take out the $30,000 prize.

For the Dunne brothers, with their "Snapper Chair" in tow, the journey is that much more difficult.

"It's a 14 hour hour trip one way, 12 hours if we don't stop," Adrian says.

The pair save for the annual event during the year and stay at a nearby campground.

But they've been spending more time there then they would have liked since Adrian's vehicle broke down on the beach on Wednesday.

Now he's trying to come up with the money to replace it.

The heaviest fish to be caught so far was reeled in on Wednesday and weighs a little over six kilograms but there's still a full day of fishing to go.

Meanwhile , Adrian and John's priorities have shifted and competitors have setup a Givealittle page to help them find their way home.

The page has raised over $150 as of 7:30 this morning. 

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