LAST Saturday’s Curtis Landers Appeal fundraiser in Gloucester raised an astonishing $35,000.
The fundraiser, which included five games of rugby league at Bert Gallagher Oval and several raffles as well as a jersey auction at the Avon Valley Inn that evening, means roughly $50,000 has been contributed towards the appeal by Gloucester residents through various initiatives.
The appeal was established after Curtis suffered a serious neck injury during a rugby league game in Port Macquarie on May 24.
Appeal committee member Rodney Summerville said the majority of the money raised came during the jersey auction, with Magpies halfback and skipper Hayden Tull’s jersey selling for $5000.
Mr Summerville said the jerseys, donated by the Canterbury Bulldogs club, had fetched an average of between $700 and $1000 each at auction.
He said Tull’s number 7 jersey had since been signed by the entire Canterbury Bulldogs team and would be framed and presented to Curtis as a memento.
A signed and framed photograph of the Magpies players wearing the jerseys will also be presented to the youngster, who remains in Westmead Children’s Hospital while undergoing intensive treatment.
“I’d like to thank the donors and helpers for their support and a special thanks to (former Bulldogs player) Robert Relf for organising the jerseys,” Mr Summerville said.
“It’s one of the largest crowds I’ve ever seen at the ground and they were there all day - from start to finish.”
This Thursday radio identity Ray Hadley will host a dinner and auction fundraiser for the Curtis Landers Appeal at Tuncurry which will also feature a live cross from the NRL Footy Show.
A bus will travel from Gloucester for the event, with some tickets still on sale at the Avon Valley Inn. The bus will leave from the Avon Valley Inn at 5.30pm.
On September 6 a family music festival at auction is planned at Gloucester Showground.