THE father of a young man jailed over the death of a promising young footballer on Bribie Island has asked the community to help fund his son's appeal.
In a move that looks set to divide the small community, Dave Hung (pictured) says the 40 years he has lived on Bribie Island should count for something as he fights to clear his son's name.
Wally Hung was earlier this year convicted of killing former Brisbane Broncos junior player Todd Parnell during a fight at Bribie Island Warrigals League Club in July 2009. The 22-year-old was knocked unconscious and died in hospital the next day.
Hung, now aged 24, was sentenced to six years and 10 months in jail and will be eligible for parole in September 2015.
Even after what he describes as "a tough few years", Dave Hung remains positive things will get better.
He has always maintained his son's innocence and is preparing to go to court to fight his conviction.
"It's been a battle, we've lost everything," Mr Hung said.
Keeping in regular contact with his son is a high priority for Mr Hung and he said despite being behind bars, he was in good spirits.
"He's doing well," he said.
"I've kept him up to date with everything that's happening."
An appeal hearing will be held in Brisbane on November 7, with Hung expected to appear via video link.
Mr Hung said he had been in contact with prominent solicitor Terry O'Gorman about having Tony Glynn SC represent his son at the hearing.
But it came at a price he was unable to afford.
"Terry O'Gorman has selected the man (Tony Glynn SC) he believes can go in and fight for Wally but we need the money to do it," Mr Hung said.
"It's going to come to a total cost of $25,000 plus GST but we have no chance of covering that.
"We have lost everything."
In a move likely to divide opinions on the island, he has appealed to the community to support his quest.
"I'm a good man, I've lived on Bribie for more than 40 years, I had my own business and now everything is gone," he said.
"I've had to stay with family and everything has been a struggle ... I played footy for 20 years and now I play bowls which is a big part of my life and I want to play for Queensland.
"The island is a big part of my life and I want it to stay that way for the rest of my life.
"I just need everyone's help so I can get back on my feet and get my family back home where they belong.
"So we want to go in with the big guns and we only have to wait until November 7 and our pain will go away."