Family of Matt Scarff says thanks

THE family of former Bendigo man Matt Scarff has thanked the community for its ongoing support.

Matt's mother Ruth Scarff said the family appreciated everything that had been done for them since Mr Scarff, 41, was king hit in his home town in Bali on November 17. 

“We would like to thank all of you for supporting Matt and us since he was hurt,” she said.

"Our family really appreciates everything you have done in Bendigo. Especially his friends from Golden Square High School.

“This has been a time of huge stress, sadness and devastation for everyone.

“We are extremely grateful for Matt’s friends who have organised fundraisers and those who attended and contributed.

“And also to our dear friends and family in Bendigo for the love and support.

“We have received so much from Bendigo.

 “We are humbled that you all think so highly of our precious and beautiful Matt.

“I always knew he was special but it is nice to see well loved he is. Matt has so many good friends. 

“He used to visit the orphanage in Bali. There was one boy there who he taught to surf. He had never had much confidence but he was such a good surfer. Matt hired him and put money away for him for when he was 18 for a motorbike.

“That is the type of person Matt is. 

“Everything that has happened is devastating.

“He is showing slight signs of improvement but he is still in a serious condition.

"He has got a long way to go but he is alive and we are thankful for that.

 “We are so proud of everyone and of our son.

“Thank you all so much you will be in our hearts forever.”

Mr Scarff, who owns a surf school in the Hard Rock resort in Bali, was medically evacuated to Perth days after the attack. He remains in a serious condition.

The Matt Scarff fundraiser, set up by family and friends to help pay for Mr Scarff's medical expenses, has raised more than $105,000 so far.

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