Generosity to the fore at fundraiser
By EMMA CORNFORD
PEOPLE of the Clarence Valley came together yesterday afternoon at a charity auction to raise around $8500 for the Stoker Family from the Lower River.
State Member for Clarence Steve Cansdell, who purchased a number of items at the auction from a manual mower to a set of piano concertos, said the generosity shown at the auction had been unbelievable.
"I was told it was the first time the Clarence Valley Club, Rotary and Lions have all worked together for the same cause and it was a good reason for them to come together and all credit must go to them for putting in so much work," Mr Cansdell said.
"I saw one chap at the auction and asked him if he was here to get some bargains, but he said no; he had $500 and that's what he was there to spend. It was just a way for people to contribute."
Mr Cansdell also acknowledged the auctioneers who had given up their afternoons to help, including Kim Dahl and John Pankhurst.
"Mark's (Stoker) mother was there and one of the kids and they were just overwhelmed with the support, compassion and care that the people of the Clarence Valley have shown them."
Rotary will hold a fundraiser Golf Day on August 21 for the family, while some of the money raised from the Lower Clarence trade fair will also be donated to the Stokers.
Collection tins at hotels will be in place until the end of August.