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Plan to repair injured Mooroopna man's pride and joy

Friends of Mooroopna's Terry Young, who was injured and his prized Ford panel van damaged in an assault on Anzac Day, are raising funds to repair his car.

ALEXANDRA BOLKAS July 7, 2014 3:11am

Kenny Jager and Kerrie Verhoeven are holding a raffle to raise funds to repair assault victim Terry Young's panel van.


 

 

It was a routine trip for Mooroopna’s Terry Young, who drove to his friend’s house after finishing work at McLennan St’s Barastoc every Friday.

About 10.30pm on Anzac Day this year, the car-fanatic was driving his adored 1968 white Ford panel van on Echuca Rd near Homewood Dve.

On the way, a passing car stopped Mr Young and two alleged offenders viciously attacked him in the driver’s seat.

His niece, Kerrie Verhoeven, said Mr Young, 58, suffered a concussion and required eight stitches above his temple.

He spent three nights in hospital and only recently returned behind the wheel.

‘‘He still lives with the fear, he’s always looking around and watching over his back,’’ she said.

His uninsured car, known as his pride and joy, was also badly damaged in the assault.

Brainstorming ways to fix Mr Young’s car, Ms Verhoeven and her partner Kenny Jager consulted Freers Panel Works, who quoted them a discounted price of $12500.

 

In a bid to raise the funds, the couple asked Mooroopna businesses to keep collection tins at their registers.

‘‘Everyone jumped on board business-wise,’’ Mr Jager said.

‘‘He was well-known around town as the kind of person who would give you the shirt off his own back.’’

During the seven-week period after the attack, $1800 was collected from 10 tins.

The pair, who owns McLennan St cafe Verong Vittles, also hosted an auction night last Monday, which netted $4000.

About 60 people braved the wet weather and packed into the cafe, where items from homemade lasagne to a bus trip were auctioned.

A passing Queensland truck driver made aware of the appeal after stopping at Verong Vittles donated car parts and Mr Young’s employer donated $2000.

 

So far close to $8000 has been collected, but the couple is hoping to raise more.

A raffle will be held at the end of the month which will include a trailer-load of wood, a $100 Sleeth Tyres voucher and a $50 Retreat Ganesh voucher.

Anyone wanting to buy raffle tickets or donate to the appeal can phone Verong Vittles Cafe on 58255303.

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