Airlie Homestead Day for Derek attracts thousands for fundraiser

Day for Derek: Perth Wildcats captain and Gloucester native Damian Martin with Shaun, Charlize, Riley and Preston Kerry. Photo: Shaun Kerry.
Day for Derek: Perth Wildcats captain and Gloucester native Damian Martin with Shaun, Charlize, Riley and Preston Kerry. Photo: Shaun Kerry.

Thousands of people took to Rawdon Vale on Saturday, July 1 for the first Airlie Homestead Day for Derek.

The fundraiser was designed to help raise funds for the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation in memory of Derek Kerry, who died from brain cancer in 2013.

The event included a historic tour of the homestead by members of Gloucester Historical Society, a raffle, helicopter rides and Devonshire teas. 

Every activity on the day was used to support the charity, such as the cake stall raising $350 and about $200 from face painting.

With some donations still to be received, it is expected about $20,000 was raised on the day.

Big turnout: Thousands gathered in Rawdon Vale for the fundraiser. Photo: Shaun Kerry.

Big turnout: Thousands gathered in Rawdon Vale for the fundraiser. Photo: Shaun Kerry.

Derek’s mother, Suzanne Landers believed the event exceeded expectations and was pleased by the support shown by the community.

Neurosurgeon Dr Charlie Teo, who had operated on Derek, founded the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation in 2001 as the Cure for Life Foundation.

He attended the fundraiser with his wife Genevieve.

Other special appearances including Perth Wildcats captain and Gloucester native Damian Martin, Newcastle Knights player Nathan Ross and Assistant Minister for Health Dr David Gillespie.

Ms Landers said she would like to see the day become an annual event.

Donations can be made to the foundation at http://www.curebraincancer.org.au/my-fundraising/10371/airlie-homestead-day-for-derek.