Taking fundraiser to the Max
WHEN it comes to fundraising 12-year-old Max Kornhauser is your man.
Together with a group of his friends, Max raised an astonishing $3800 towards the final tally of this weekend's Relay for Life in Urunga.
"We did it by collecting donations at the Bellingen markets, selling lemonade and cakes here last night and emailing people and door-knocking, " Max said.
The popular event was his chosen charity project as he works towards his bar mitzvah in April next year.
Tired but happy organisers said overall the 22 teams and 205 people raised $35,000, eclipsing their $30,000 target.
"We're really happy with the way it all went," organiser Tracy Neaves said.
"The rain moved on and we ended up walking under a clear moonlit night."
Entertainment co-ordinator Sandy Clark said the highlight of the night was final act Frogmouth who got everyone boogying as the moon rose.
"Everyone was great to work with - the weather was a bit drizzly to start and I was getting calls from people trying to adapt to the conditions ... no-one was ringing me to cancel," Mrs Clark said.
As a performer herself, she took the opportunity to write a song about hope.
"Facing diseases like cancer and death are tough realities - as survivors and carers the experience can make us stronger.
"My hope for the future, for our children, is that cancer is a survivable disease."
The event was opened by Ruth Hall, daughter of event patron Bess Hall, who died recently. Ms Hall honoured her mother for the energy she had brought to the fight against cancer throughout her life.