BEANIE PARADE: St George Grafton’s branch manager Jayd Urquhart, front right, and staff join baby Ava Hughes in getting stuck into treats at their fundraising morning tea for Jo Amanda.
BEANIE PARADE: St George Grafton’s branch manager Jayd Urquhart, front right, and staff join baby Ava Hughes in getting stuck into treats at their fundraising morning tea for Jo Amanda.

Beanies back brave battle

ST GEORGE Bank in Prince Street Grafton was a sea of beanies yesterday morning as staff held a fundraising morning tea for local man Jody ‘Jo’ Amanda’s fight against cancer.

Beanies were worn by staff and patrons at yesterday’s event as a gesture of support for Mr Amanda, who often wears one in public.

Mr Amanda’s cancer diagnosis earlier this year was the latest trouble in a long line of hardship for the Grafton man and the community has continued to rally behind him.

St George branch manager Jayd Urquhart said they were more than happy to be able to help Jo.

“We saw in the paper about Jo being diagnosed with the tumours ... he’s one of our customers so we thought we’d help out,” Ms Urquhart said.

Patrons of the fundraiser were treated to a selection of cakes and pastries, tea and coffee and an entry into a jelly bean jar guessing competition in return for a gold coin donation.

A quilt was also donated by the business, This That and Patchwork, to be raffled off with proceeds also going towards the cause.

“So far for the day we’ve raised about $350 and we’ve still got lots more raffle tickets to sell for the quilt,” Ms Urquhart said.

“There was really great, positive feedback from the community; we’ve had quite a lot of people come in.

“We had a lot of people coming in just to donate money, but a lot of people did sit down and have morning tea with us too.”

Unfortunately Mr Amanda could not be present at yesterday’s morning tea as he was receiving another round of chemotherapy, however, he was never far from the thoughts of the fundraiser’s patrons.

Ms Urquhart said St George was always interested in helping the community and branches in the Northern Rivers area last year raised more than $250,000 for the Serendipity Breast Cancer Group.

However, she said this year branches were each focusing on their own local fundraising projects and she said helping Mr Amanda’s cause was one way they could give something back to the local community.



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