'Popey' fights to recover
THERE will be some extra sting in the drives of people taking to the fairways at Maclean Golf Club tomorrow, knowing they are helping raise money to support brain tumour sufferer Steve Pope.
A passing mention to his doctor that he had been suffering dizzy spells for the past two years prompted a CAT scan which located the tumour.
Mr Pope was diagnosed on February 28, and eight days later endured a seven-hour operation to remove the tumour at the back of his head – described as massive by the surgical team – at Sydney's Prince of Wales Hospital.
Now battling through the recovery phase, the 38-year-old Maclean man, his wife Dayna and their young family remain positive.
Workmates have rallied in support of the popular police officer, organising a three-man Ambrose golf day to raise money for the family.
The event costs $50 per person, including breakfast, lunch and refreshments.
Team and individual prizes to be won on the day include two nights accommodation at the Angourie Rainforest Resort, sunglasses from Eyecare Plus and three $200 car detail vouchers from Raven Smash Repairs.
Raffles and an auction, including a signed Titans 2011 jersey and football, a signed 2011 Parramatta jersey, a signed Qld Bulls cricket bat and Jim Beam Racing clothing, will be held during the day.
A bus will leave Grafton Police Station at 8am and return after the golf.
Anyone interested in attending can call Tony King on 0427 420 214 or Darren Williams on 0427 025 514.