Club steps up to take care of a Redback

FAMILY CLUB: Alex Straw, Carla Deery and Hannah Gallagher at the Grafton Redmen Trivia fundraising night. PHOTO: GARY NICHOLS
FAMILY CLUB: Alex Straw, Carla Deery and Hannah Gallagher at the Grafton Redmen Trivia fundraising night. PHOTO: GARY NICHOLS

Last Friday night the Redmen held a Trivia fundraising night for Carla Deery who is battling terminal breast cancer.

Carla was a member of the Grafton Women's Redbacks side in the late 90s.

Packing down at loose-head prop, Carla was an inspiration on the rugby field.

Just like her playing days, Carla has shown plenty of fight off the field with her unrelenting positive attitude to life and its challenges.

"I'm feeling okay and I received some bloody good results with my last tests," Carla said.

"I try to remain positive. I'm doing great thanks to the support from my family, the community and friends... It has allowed me to live life somewhat normally."

"Tonight's turnout is awesome … it's fantastic. I must give a big thanks to Marg Tanner for organising the evening," Carla said.

Event organiser Marg Tanner said she was overwhelmed with the response with more than 130 avid trivia buffs putting their knowledge to the test.

"It's for a very important cause and I'd like to thank everyone for their generosity," Marg said.

"We raised over $3300 for Carla and her family, which is a fantastic result."

The event was hosted at the Clarence River Jockey Club after other venues in the area proved too small to cater for the number of trivia-goers.

A fundraising event will be held for Carla at the Woolgoolga Seaview Tavern this Sunday night.

There will be live music, sumo suits, a jumping castle and face painting, as well as a live show by Steve the Reptile Man.

For more information, phone Shiralee Marsden on 0412 649 207.



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