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Nanneella raises $6800 to help injured footballer

Almost 200 people turned out to help raise almost $7000 for James McQuillan as he battles to recover from a serious spinal injury.

ELAINE COONEY June 4, 2014 3:20am

Jervaise Prime and Natalie Foley sell raffle tickets at James McQuillan’s fundraiser at Nanneella Memorial Hall on Friday. Photo: Elaine Cooney

The Nanneella community raised $6800 for the James McQuillan future fund on Friday night.

Mr McQuillan was injured during a football match in April, leaving him with spinal injuries.

Almost 200 people attended the fundraising event including Mr McQuillan’s mother, Jo.

Mrs McQuillan said she was overwhelmed by the number of people at the fundraising night.

‘‘There has been amazing support from this community,’’ she said.

Mrs McQuillan said Nanneella, Rochester and Echuca community groups and residents had been extremely supportive of her son.

She said he would spend the next five months in rehabilitation and undergoing physiotherapy and occupational therapy.

‘‘His spirits are high, he is strong, determined... he is amazing,’’ she said.

Mrs McQuillan was grateful the community was contributing to her son’s future fund because he would need it to pay for a wheelchair and modifications to his car.

She said he would also need intensive physiotherapy sessions in Brisbane and America.

Fundraiser organiser Brett Gledhill said he was delighted with the turnout at the event.

He visited Mr McQuillan and said he was more positive than anyone else.

Another fundraiser for Mr McQuillan will be held at the Echuca Paramount Theatre, tomorrow at 7.30pm.

Tickets for A Million ways to Die in the West can be bought from Nanneella Estate Primary School (54845395) and some of the proceeds will go to James McQuillan’s Future Fund.

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