This weekend, the Violante family are throwing a fish and chip fundraiser and family day at Newton Shopping Centre.

The family, who own Seafood Works at the centre will be serving up fresh fishy fare, showing off some fancy cars and raising much needed awareness for the illness that took one of their own.

Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT) is a hereditary disorder, which took the life of Matthew Violante and affects 24-year-old Alicia Violante who is living with the condition.

Presently there is no known cure for this rare illness, so the Adelaide family keep up the fight by calling on the community to help them raise money to fund a PhD student at the research facility at Royal Melbourne Hospital.

“We are excited to get together with the community to help raise funds and awareness for HHT and enjoy some good fish and chips,” Vincent Violante, (Matthew and Alicia’s dad) said.

Calling themselves Matty’s Soldiers, the Violantes have created an army to reach out to others affected by the illness and to keep the memory of their brother alive.

On Saturday 16th December, you can join the call to arms at Newton Shopping Centre and feast on fresh fish, take a selfie with classic cars courtesy of CC Motorbodies and enjoy music courtesy of Fred Tedesco and Nick Catalano (both on piano accordion!).

Spreading out into the car park, the Matty’s Soldiers/Seafood works fundraising event was put together by the Violante family and Newton Shopping Centre owner Frank Salandra who wanted to commemorate Matthew’s life and help the spread the word about HHT.

Sadly, Frank passed away last week before he was able to see the wonderful event he helped create.

To honour the lives of both Frank and Matthew, the Violantes promise a day of celebration, love and plenty to eat!

Take a break from your Christmas shopping and grab some fish and chips, a slushie, dim sims and a can of drink,; check out some classic vehicles, enjoy the music and help a family to help other families with HHT

**Matty’s Soldiers Fish n Chip Fundraiser**

  • Saturday December 16th from 11.30am
  • Newton Central Shopping Centre (Near Seafood Works)
  • Proceeds going towards HHT research and awareness with The Royal Melbourne Hospital
  • All welcome

HHT is a disorder that affects major organs causing the blood vessels in them to build up pressure and potentially burst. Matthew was only 26 when he was taken by the illness.


By Libby Parker