Another $17,000 to help Bonnie
REVELLERS at the Bonnie O'Neill fundraiser at Yamba Bowling Club on Saturday night have chipped in about $17,000 for the appeal to help her battle against cancer.
More than 250 packed into the club for the charity dinner and auction to raise money to help the family of the nine-year-old who is battle Ewings Sarcoma.
Fundraising organiser John Riordan said the auction had been an outstanding success, raising more than $10,500.
He was not sure how much money had come in through ticket sales, but by multiplying seat numbers by $25 he could confidently say there was at least another $6500 in the tin.
Mr Riordan said Bonnie's father, Nigel, addressed the crowd, thanking everyone for their support and informing them saying the hunt for a cure for his daughter had taken a new turn.
"Nigel said the professor in Germany had emailed to say he wasn't sure he could help her," Mr Riordan said.
"But he said they were looking into treatments in the US.
"Whatever we've got to do to help this little girl get better, we've got to do."
Mr Riordan said Yamba Shores Tavern owner Matt Muir had been outstanding.
"Originally the plan was to hold this at the Tavern, but it got too big," Mr Riordan said.
"But he has been fantastic supporting this. He donated a signed Tigers jersey that went for $800 in the auction."