16-year-old Jessica Hicks, who suffers from MS, was busy spraying hair, cracking whips and collecting money for the MS Foundation on Saturday at the Family Fun Day held in Market Square.
16-year-old Jessica Hicks, who suffers from MS, was busy spraying hair, cracking whips and collecting money for the MS Foundation on Saturday at the Family Fun Day held in Market Square. JoJo Newby

Rodeo day helps raise money for MS

THERE were smiles all around Market Square in Grafton on Saturday when it played host to a family fun day for a serious cause.

The rodeo-themed day was staged to help raise money for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Australia by 16-year-old MS sufferer Jessica Hicks' mother Sherry.

Jessica was diagnosed with the disease that affects the central nervous system when she was 15.

Mrs Hicks said hundreds of people enjoyed the day and the entertainment, with the mechanical bull being a big hit.

“I had people asking me ‘where did you get the mechanical bull', its great fun,” she said.

People also enjoyed whip cracking, face painting, a barbecue, the chocolate wheel, horse and sulky rides and a jumping castle.

A talent quest saw contestants, including eventual winner Tullara Connors who donated her $100 prize money to MS Australia, take to the stage and entertain the crowd.

Mrs Hicks said she was already looking to the future and holding another bigger, better fundraising day.

“I will make it bigger and have more activities, rides and things to do,” she said.

Without the generosity of sponsors Nortec Employment, Under Road Boring, East Coast Bearings, Bunnings Warehouse, Buckleys Music, Steve Cansdell and McLennan Earthmoving, Mrs Hicks said they would not have raised more than $1000 for MS Australia.



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