22,000 reasons to smile again
THE smiling faces and sounds of laughter from the group gathered in Maclean's main street yesterday were a far cry from what they experienced a little over a month ago.
Chris James and Christina Purcell, Daniel Perry and the Gibson family had every reason to smile after they received a cheque from the River Street Fire Appeal Auction held in Maclean on Saturday night.
The $22,000 raised at the auction was distributed to the families yesterday, with all of them left overwhelmed by the Lower River's generosity.
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Chris James, whose family owned and ran Cafe Boulevarde, said he couldn't believe the support the family received.
"I'm stunned and still a little bit overwhelmed by the generosity of people ? it's amazing," he said.
Ann Gibson said her family was thankful to everyone who helped.
"The generosity of this town is amazing, we couldn't imagine all this support," she said.
Organisers of the auction, Tracey Marsden and Leticia Cashman, said the final result was well above all expectations.
"This is over double what we expected, and to be able to give these families a good cash start is great," Mrs Cashman said. "We just want to thank everyone who donated and helped out, they've all made a real difference."