James Hodgson is holding an auction night to raise money for cancer research.
James Hodgson is holding an auction night to raise money for cancer research. Adam Hourigan

An Irish wake for cancer research

ULMARRA’S big auction night to raise money for cancer research is going ahead as planned – despite the death of the man who instigated the event.

Michael Hodgson of Maclean recently lost his five-year battle with cancer. He was 82.

Before he died, Mr Hodgson asked his son, James – the owner of the Mulberry Court cafe in Ulmarra – to hold an auction on March 26 to support cancer research and to help carers dealing with victims of the disease.

“Obviously the family was hoping dad could be there for the auction, but that was not to be,” James said.

“But he implored me to go ahead with the auction, whatever happened.

“He said he wanted to go out with a bang – an Irish wake in aid of research into the disease that killed him.”

James has since put the auction into another gear. It all started with caricatures from world-famous comic-relief sketcher Tony Rafty and a

cricket bat signed by all members of the Australian team.

Now, actor Russell Crowe has signed a South Sydney rugby league jersey for the auction and world champion 10-ball pool player Ian Anderson of Sydney has donated a signed pool cue.

“There are plenty of non-sporting goods to go under the hammer as well.”“And there are raffles, too – one for a week in a unit at Broadbeach on the Gold Coast, another for a night and champagne breakfast at the Rooftops B&B in Ulmarra.

“Dad wanted a big night and he’s going to get it at the Mulberry Court from 6pm on NSW election day, March 26.”

Tickets are $25 a head and include a spit roast dinner and drinks. Phone the cafe on 6644 5158.



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