More than $30,000 was raised for the James McQuillan Future Fund through a nearest the pin competition at Moama Recreation Reserve on Saturday.GEORDIE COWAN July 22, 2014 3:28am
Spectators at Saturday’s Moama v Echuca United football match had an unusual sight as the James McQuillan Future Fund held a fundraiser at half-time of the senior match.
More than 1600 numbered golf balls were dropped from a helicopter hovering over the grandstand wing aiming to be nearest to the pin which was planted in the ground.
The event raised more than $30,000 for the fund.
James’ brother Tom said it was an ‘‘absolutely fantastic’’ day.
‘‘The level of support from the local community and the JMFF committee in Echuca has been absolutely fantastic and to see so many people here today is really great,’’ he said.
‘‘It (the support) has been overwhelming.
‘‘This is such a big and important fundraiser for my brother and my family.
‘‘It’s thanks to the support of everyone here and the willingness of people to give their time and money to the cause, our family has had to do very little.
‘‘Which has meant that we can focus on being there for James and that’s the most important thing.’’
Since his appearance on The Footy Show recently, James has been doing quite well in physio, Tom said.
‘‘This week he’s able to transfer himself from his wheelchair to his bed with supervision,’’ he said.
‘‘It seems like a fairly small step in the grand scheme of things, but it’s a fairly big step in terms of his independence and it’s quite a milestone.
‘‘He’s getting around in his manual wheelchair all the time now.
‘‘Every time I see him he’s a bit more efficient and he’s able to push himself around a bit faster.
‘‘When he started out he was really struggling with it
‘‘He’s progressing really well and we’re hoping more good news will follow more good news.’’
James hopes to come home by Christmas.
‘‘The timeframe on that is a bit flexible because a lot can happen in a few months in terms of his rehab and his physio,’’ Tom said.
‘‘Our farmhouse is being measured up for renovations because a lot of things will have to change there
One of his short-term goals is part of the next big fundraiser, Miles for McQuillan, where James hopes to push himself 10km at the Melbourne Marathon in October, Tom said.
‘‘I’m very confident he will get there very comfortably in the end,’’ he said.
‘‘Friends, supporters and allies are going to be running 10km, the half-marathon or the full marathon.
‘‘That’s what he’s really looking forward to.’’
Shepparton police pursued two youths on foot near Waters Rd this afternoon.
The Mulwala Lions took a huge step forward in the race for the Murray League title with a hard fought, low scoring, 15 point win, against the fancied Barooga outfit, in near perfect conditions at Lonsdale Reserve on Saturday.
Chelsea Campbell is excited with her new business venture, after purchasing Carol Taylor’s hairdressing salon in Hogan St.
THE Echuca-Moama Country Music Festival will kick off next week at Moama RSL with three days of entertainment under the one roof.
NATIONAL tree day came early for Rochester Secondary College with 16 students planting 350 trees in little more than an hour on Thursday.
Goulburn Valley Water, in consultation with the Department of Health & Human Services, has lifted the Boil Water Notice for the township of Tongala.
Australian Army Cadets unit keeps winning awards.
Berrigan Shire Council have approved a development application for six more independent living units to add to Berrigan’s Amaroo Self Care Unit block.
HEATHCOTE Park Raceway was back in action on Sunday with a surprise for those expecting owner Russell Clarke to be enjoying his retirement.
Dozens of birds of all shapes and sizes flew the coop as Cobram hosted its inaugural poultry auction last Sunday.
Neil Buckley has been inducted as president of the Deniliquin Lions for the next 12 months.
Superior Seed Co ran a successful Winter Cropping Field Day at Deniliquin last week.
The Benalla Giants came out winners in both the under-14s and under-16s against the Benalla Bulldogs on the weekend.
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