Kids rally to raise funds for Gabriel

Children as young as five have rallied to raise more than $3000 for Gabriel Baylis.

The children from Riverside Primary School raised the funds through a free dress day on Wednesday and their fund-raising effort hasn't stopped yet.

The pupils were touched by the story of Gabriel, 3, of Riverside, who is fighting for his life in Melbourne after being diagnosed with a tumour on his brain stem that has caused him to have to learn to walk and talk again.

Gabriel's five-year-old sister Jakeeta attends the school.

Riverside principal Jane Bovill said the community got straight into fund-raising for the family.

``I think everyone in our community can sympathise as they'd hope if they were in a similar circumstance that they'd receive some support as well,'' Mrs Bovill said.

However, she said that the school was surprised at how much money had been raised from a free dress day.

``We sent out a note to everyone in the community and we thought we'd raise about $800 and we raised about $3128,'' she said.

``People were bringing along $50, $10 - it was just wonderful.

``When they counted the money I had a tear in my eye, it just means an awful lot when a community thinks about the wider community.''

Gabriel's story has also touched the Deloraine Charity Singers, who will hold a concert for Gabriel and his family on Saturday, December 15, at the Deloraine RSL Club.

Gabriel Baylis and his new furry friend in hospital in Melbourne.

Gabriel Baylis and his new furry friend in hospital in Melbourne.