Family fundraiser brings in $34,500.By Cass Savellis
A massive $34,538.65 has been raised for the Higgins family, with fundraising concluding at the charity auction on Friday night — A Night for Deeon — at the Deniliquin RSL Club.
Friend of the family, Damien Rhook, came up with the idea to have a fundraising night following the tragic death of two year-old Deeon Higgins, who was mauled by a family member’s pet dog on August 4.
About 100 people attended the function which included an auction, raffle, kids disco and live entertainment by Chris Todd, Lachie Downes, Lani Gray and Carlie Howman.
Organiser Paula Rutter said the night was certainly a success.
‘‘It’s just amazing the amount of generosity that has been shown from people,’’ she said.
‘‘The entire Higgins family was there, which was great, and they thanked everyone who has contributed for their support.
‘‘We’re very appreciative to the club for holding the event free of charge, as well as Gerry and Gerald Thommers for running the kids disco and Geoff McCallum who conducted the auction, which raised $8440.
‘‘We’re currently talking to Deniliquin hospital and ambulance for paediatrics equipment to be purchased and will also make a donation to the Royal Children’s Hospital in honour of Vince Duffy-Richards (who recently drowned).’’
The night saw a range of items up for grabs donated by local people and businesses, including gym memberships, massages, accommodation packages, and tickets for the Deniliquin races and Deniliquin Ute Muster.
Fans had the chance to get their hands on signed merchandise from Lee Kernaghan and the Wolf Brothers as well as AFL memorabilia from Melbourne, Richmond, Brisbane, Geelong, Carlton and Essendon clubs.
The bidding that also received a lot of attention from locals was for organiser Damien Rhook to shave off his beard, which attracted a bid of $150 from Emma Eames.
Former Girl Guides members also sold the Guides’ popular hot donuts at the Cressy St kiosk on Friday, which raised a total of $1792.70 towards the fundraiser.
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