Or­phans’ sur­prise

Car show drives up support for two brave chil­dren.

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page -

FA­THER’S Day is gen­er­ally a solemn oc­ca­sion for young or­phans Freddy and Eve­lyn James, who lost their dad to leukaemia a cou­ple of years ago.

Ear­lier this year they trag­i­cally lost their mum in a car crash.

But this Fa­ther’s Day the young­sters, aged seven and five, re­ceived a visit from the Ruff n Tuff Car Club which brought smiles to their lit­tle faces.

On Sun­day club mem­bers came bear­ing gifts, in­clud­ing a bag full of stuffed toys, two new mat­tresses and a $9000 cheque, which was raised at the club’s an­nual char­ity car show and swap meet.

A fur­ther $200 was col­lected on the day in do­na­tion tins, which was also passed on to the fam­ily.

Club sec­re­tary Bryan Hardy said he was over­whelmed by the com­mu­nity’s gen­eros­ity.

“It was re­ally good. We ended up with about 1500 peo­ple through the gate,” he said.

Mr Hardy said the num­bers were up well and truly from last year’s event, which he at­trib­uted to peo­ple want­ing to support the wor­thy cause.

He said hand­ing over the do­nated goods and money was emo­tional.

“It was price­less see­ing them get the toys,” he said.

Mr Hardy thanked spon­sors and sup­port­ers who helped host the car show.

“Bundy, Her­vey Bay, Childers, Gayn­dah, Biggen­den ... they all got be­hind us,” he said.

PHOTO: JODIE HALL PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

FOR A GOOD CAUSE: The burnout com­pe­ti­tion was a popular at­trac­tion at the char­ity car showin hon­our of or­phans, Freddy and Eve­lyn.

Young Freddy and Eve­lyn James and their grand­mother, Alice Hartel­man, re­ceived a visit from the Ruff n Tuff Car Club on Sun­day, where they were pre­sented with gifts and a $9000 cheque from the pro­ceeds of the char­ity car show.

PHOTO: JODIE HALL

There were plenty of beau­ti­fully re­stored cars on show at the Ruff n Tuff char­ity car show.

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