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Gift goes on giving

The 2012 Kyabram Gift Ball has raised more than $83 500 for local families affected by cancer.

November 21, 2012 4:58am

The Magnificent Seven post shaves. (from left) Dexy Archibald, Loretta Lilford, Kyra Clark, Mick Coventry, Logan Bamford-Phillis, Stephen Mullins and Claudia Green.


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Last Saturday’s Kyabram Gift Ball has raised more than $83500 for local families affected by cancer.

The popular annual event was again a sell-out, with all 350 tickets having been sold several months ago.

Gallery: View more photos from Kyabram Gift Ball here

After a tough few weeks for the community, those attending took the opportunity to have a good time, help the Gift and let their hair down, while seven volunteers had theirs shaved off in support of the cause.

The magnificent seven shavees, Mick Coventry, Kyra Clark, Dexy Archibald, Loretta Lilford, Logan Bamford-Phillis, Stephen Mullins and Claudia Green raised more than $53000 between them.

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Claudia Green checks out what remains of her long hair shortly before the job was completed. Click here to see a gallery of Gift Ball photos.

Each had their own personal reasons for having their heads shaved to help the Kyabram Gift and there were some emotional moments as they sat together, some holding hands, while the shavings took place.

Event organiser Liz Dillon thanked all of the shavees, plus all those who have got behind the cause, and said the support received for The Kyabram Gift was overwhelming.

‘‘I wish someone could cure this torturous disease. It brings so much pain and heartache, it takes people too early, it leaves devastation, it creates destruction,’’ she said.

‘‘Cancer is not picky and choosey, it doesn’t care how much you already have had dished out.

‘‘Age and gender is no issue, it simply attacks.

‘‘Kyabram and district have embraced our cause and enabled The Gift to help over 40 families this year.’’

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Mick Coventry pictured for the first time with his familiar beard now detached.

Ms Dillon said The Gift is a community project and one she is very proud to be associated with.

Once the head shaves were completed the evening’s other major fundraising activity got underway in the form of an auction.

Bidding was strong throughout and the four items to go under auctioneer Brendan McConnell’s hammer together raised $9300.

A signed INXS guitar, believed to be the last signed by the band before their recent split, sold for $2470, while a much sought after three-night luxury holiday package eventually went for $4320.

A hand-made barrel shaped drinks cabinet raised $1310 and a bed and linen package fetched $1200.

After tables sold out so quickly for this year’s ball, Ms Dillon said the committee would be discussing options for next year’s event sometime in the near future.

‘‘We’ve already had several enquiries about tables for next year and some volunteer shavees have already come forward,’’ she said.

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