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Fundraiser for Rochester mates

Friends of Barry Purtell and David Lobb have organised a fundraiser for the families of the pair, on August 31.

August 12, 2014 3:25am

Friends of Barry Purtell and David Lobb have organised a fundraiser for the families of the pair, who were killed in a gas explosion at Hotel Rochester in June.

Corey Trist said a family day would be held on August 31 behind the Rochester netball courts, from 9am to 7pm.

‘‘We’re having a couple of bands, a big auction, children’s entertainment such as a jumping castle, reptile show and face painting, as well as a barbecue, food and a bar,’’ he said.

‘‘It should be a good day.’’

The auction will include vouchers, goods and services.

Mr Trist said the money would go to Mr Purtell’s son, 9, and daughter, 5, as well as Mr Lobb’s son and granddaughter.

‘‘We’re not hoping for anything, we’ll be grateful for whatever we can get,’’ he said.

Mr Trist said both families were struggling to come to terms with the tragedy.

‘‘Dave’s family is really doing it tough, as they’ve been through so much already,’’ he said.

‘‘Their other children have been in life-threatening conditions over the years and one of them lost his leg.

‘‘His mum and dad are pretty shaken up.’’

Donations can be made to an account called ‘Dave and Barry’, BSB 013 770, ACC 288805878.

For information, contact Mr Trist on 0437 526 739 or Ashley Conway on 0478411954 or go to the Facebook page ‘Give a Little to the Two Mates who Gave a Lot’.

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