Aim­ing to help suf­fer­ers of si­lent killer

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS - By Pa­trick Tansey

If you need a get­away and plan to do it in style, $10 might just get you there.

Co­bram Panel Works is giv­ing res­i­dents the chance to win a limou­sine trip for eight peo­ple for an en­tire day to wher­ever the win­ners wish to go.

It could be a trip to a win­ery, birth­day party, pub crawl or the races.

The pur­pose of the raf­fle is to raise money for Kid­ney Kids.

‘‘This is one of our ma­jor fundrais­ers this year,’’ Co­bram Panel Works’ Mark Haber­field said.

‘‘Tick­ets are $10 each and the raf­fle is lim­ited to 150 tick­ets and we’ve got the limo three times, so it’s got the po­ten­tial to raise $4500.’’

Mr Haber­field does not have a per­sonal con­nec­tion to kid­ney dis­ease but was in­spired to be­come ac­tively in­volved in rais­ing money af­ter see­ing an ar­ti­cle pub­lished in The Courier.

‘‘The Cameron fam­ily, who are out at Boosey, their daugh­ter Amy has re­nal fail­ure and we got in­volved about eight years ago through Dean Mos­dall, who was the Kata­matite po­lice­man at the time,’’ he said.

‘‘He was do­ing up a car for the Kid­ney Kar Rally to raise money for Amy and when we saw it in the pa­per we thought we bet­ter help this bloke out be­cause he needs his car re­painted.’’

Af­ter that, Mr Haber­field de­cided to en­ter a car of his own in the rally and has been in­volved ever since.

‘‘I’ve done the Kid­ney Kar Rally usu­ally along­side Ger­ard War­rin for the past six years now and Frank Macheda down at Macheda’s Re­frig­er­ated Trans­port is our ma­jor spon­sor, so it’s a good com­mu­nity cause,’’ Mr Haber­field said.

‘‘We’ve also got Apex in­volved now who have done it for the past two years, so we’ve sort of taken it from one car to pretty much six cars from Co­bram en­ter­ing the rally.’’

The two cars Co­bram Panel Works has en­tered in the rally have raised more than $100 000 in six years.

‘‘We’re pretty proud of that,’’ Mr Haber­field said.

‘‘Any money you raise is a bonus for any cause, it doesn’t mat­ter what you’re do­ing.

‘‘The money we raise goes to­wards fund­ing the kids’ camps. It’s not for re­search and de­vel­op­ment as such like a lot of the fundrais­ing can be used for, it’s ac­tu­ally for help­ing kids that are sick now and mak­ing a dif­fer­ence to their lives here and now.’’

Mr Haber­field said many peo­ple in the com­mu­nity were still un­aware of just how deadly kid­ney dis­ease was and he hoped such fundrais­ing ini­tia­tives could help raise its pro­file.

‘‘It kills more peo­ple than breast can­cer and skin can­cer com­bined, so it’s a real hid­den killer, I sup­pose,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s stag­ger­ing the amount of peo­ple that don’t re­alise how many peo­ple are af­fected by it and what the out­comes are.

‘‘Longevity and the like­li­hood of sur­viv­ing isn’t great when it comes to kid­ney dis­ease be­cause if you can’t clean your blood, you’re in trou­ble.’’

To buy a raf­fle ticket to sup­port chil­dren liv­ing with kid­ney dis­ease, pop into Co­bram Panel Works and speak to Mark.

❝It kills more peo­ple than breast can­cer and skin can­cer com­bined, so it’s a real hid­den killer, I sup­pose. It’s stag­ger­ing the amount of peo­ple that don’t re­alise how many peo­ple are af­fected by it and what the out­comes are.❞

Mark Haber­field

Long-time ser­vants to kid­ney dis­ease: 2017 Kid­ney Kar Rally win­ners, nav­i­ga­tor Mark Haber­field and driver Ger­ard War­rin, in the Team Macheda car.

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