Carla Ryan and Jai Cook sell soap, which looked good enough to eat, from one of the many stalls run by Tucabia Public School students.
Carla Ryan and Jai Cook sell soap, which looked good enough to eat, from one of the many stalls run by Tucabia Public School students.

Fair effort aids Sophie's illness

ORGANISERS of Sophie's Fair held in Tucabia yesterday have been blown away by the show of support from the community, with about 1000 people turning up to the event.

The fair was organised as a fundraiser in support of nine-year-old Sophie Fletcher - a student of Tucabia Public School - who is undergoing treatment for acute leukemia.

The money raised will help support Sophie and her family during her treatment.

Visitors to the Tucabia Public School grounds yesterday were treated to live music, market stalls, a jumping castle and a variety of sideshows such as putt-putt golf and cupcake decorating, which were thought-up and run by the school's own students.

One of the fair's organisers, Narelle Stratford, said the support from the community for Sophie at the fair had been humbling.

"Sophie's mum, nan and siblings came up for the day which was great - they got to see the support in the community for Sophie, which meant a lot to them," Ms Stratford said.

She said almost the whole Tucabia community had turned out in support plus many others from all over the Clarence Valley.

It was too early to tell exactly how much money had been raised for the Fletcher family during the fair but Ms Stratford said given the amount of people in attendance it would be substantial.

She also thanked the school students who ran the sideshows and said it was a touching way for them to support their classmate.

"They put a huge amount of effort into coming up with these sideshows and they should be very proud of their efforts," she said.



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