Warren Foster is chuffed to have such wonderful neighbours. Sky, Elizabeth, Beau and Summer Ivey organised a wheelchair enabling him to participate in the Anzac Day march.
Warren Foster is chuffed to have such wonderful neighbours. Sky, Elizabeth, Beau and Summer Ivey organised a wheelchair enabling him to participate in the Anzac Day march. Robyne Cuerel

Kids rally to help veteran march in M'boro parade

ARMY veteran Warren Foster has marked every Anzac Day since the early 1950s.

Thanks to his neighbours, he was able to keep the tradition going despite suffering two minor strokes recently and being diagnosed with cancer last week.

The Maryborough man thought he would have to sit the parade out this year, plagued by health problems that saw him spend a week in hospital.

He and wife Lyn also lost many of their belongings when floodwaters tore through the bottom floor of their home in January.

To end the run of bad luck and to make sure Mr Foster could march, siblings Sky, Beau and Summer Ivey worked together to get a wheelchair so he would be able to take part.

They then surprised him with the news, before marching alongside him in the parade with mum Elizabeth with Mr Foster's medals pinned to their shirts.

"When you meet kids like this, it makes it all worth it," Mr Foster said.

ActivePlus, a division of Fraser Coast TESS, donated the use of the wheelchair.