Club patrons dig deep for the Stokers
By MARGARET DENNIS
FRANTIC Friday Frenzy at the Grafton District Services Club became the launching pad for a month of club and pub fundraising for the Stoker family last week.
Regular readers will know the sad plight of the Stoker family from page five of last Friday's Daily Examiner, and from previous stories about the family.
The young family of six has been devastated by the terminal illnesses of both parents, which will eventually leave their four beautiful daughters to battle life without them.
When people became aware of the family's situation they jumped into action, setting up a trust fund for the children and planning fundraising events.
Member for Clarence Steve Cansdell spoke to the huge crowd that regularly attends the club on Friday for the raffles, appealing to the locals and visitors for a one-off donation to the Stoker family trust.
GDSC general manager Arthur Lysaught kicked off the giving, with a $500 donation on behalf of the club, and the people of Grafton once again opened their hearts ? and their pockets ? digging deep to fill two small tins and halffilling one large tin by 4pm.
Tins will be placed in every pub and club in Grafton and will remain there for the next month.
A fundraising auction will be held at The Barn in Grafton on Sunday noon.
If you would like to donate goods for the auction, phone Kim Dahl Real Estate on 66423666.
Cash donations can be left at any branch of the Banana- coast Credit Union.