Art auction helps mum
JENNIE Mansfield didn't even know Carla Deery was sick until she read in The Daily Examiner about the 36-year-old mum of two's plight.
But the Clarence Valley artist decided straight away to help the family's fundraising effort to pay a $98,000 medical bill.
Carla was diagnosed in May with inflammatory breast cancer and told it was terminal.
Ms Mansfield had nearly finished her version of the sacred green man when she read about Carla's diagnosis.
She said her partner, Col, and son, Ben, had known Carla for years and this was their way of doing something for the family.
The artwork, Winter Green, will be displayed at Angelite Energy at 115 Pound St, Grafton for the next few weeks before moving to Nice Rack on Skinner St, South Grafton, until the end of September.
People can place bids for the piece at either shop, with a set reserve price of $250.
Ms Mansfield said all of the money paid for the artwork would go to Carla's family.
Carla's partner Matt Cramp said the response from people who wanted to help was awesome.
"It's just unbelievable," he said.
The next event to raise money is a Redmen Rugby trivia night on September 13 at the Australian Hotel at South Grafton.
There are tables of eight at $10 a head. Book at the hotel or phone 6642 1566 or Marg Tanner on 0427 693 702.
There is a Friday the 13th- themed dress-up, prizes for best dressed couple, best dressed woman and best dressed man.
To donate, bank account details are: NAME: M L CRAMP, BSB: 650 000, ACC: 512370304.