Cats’ can­cer cour­tesy

The Free Press (Corowa) - - CLASSIES (03) CLASSIES - BY JARRYD BARCA

The can­cer aware­ness day is an an­nual fundrais­ing event run by the Cats, where they hold a lady’s high tea in the club rooms, sell raf­fle tick­ets and auc­tion off dif­fer­ent items for a great cause.

Vice-pres­i­dent An­nette Meyer, with the aid of some helpers, put on a suc­cess­ful high tea which in­cluded guest speaker and can­cer sur­vivor Anna Hes­sion, who was treated at the Al­bury Wodonga Re­gional Can­cer Cen­tre.

There were a plethora of raf­fle prizes won and a $1,000 crane hire raf­fle donation, while there couldn’t have been a more wor­thy win­ner of the near­est the pin he­li­copter ball drop.

Michelle Tal­bot, a net­ball coach, lost her hus­band Matt nearly 10 years ago. The club now has the Matt Tal­bot Medal – named af­ter him.

Michelle also trag­i­cally lost her sis­ter and fa­ther more re­cently, while she also had a cyst re­moved not too long ago. Show­ing such per­se­ver­ance in the face of ad­verse hard­ship makes her the per­fect re­cip­i­ent.

Cats pres­i­dent Greg Lumby is thank­ful for the ef­forts of ev­ery­one in­volved in al­low­ing the event to hap­pen each year, and for the am­ple sum of money again raised.

“Big thankyou to the play­ers, both footy and net­ball, that sold tick­ets and ob­vi­ously the gen­eral com­mu­nity that got be­hind it again,” he told The Free Press.

“The Ruther­glen com­mu­nity, from the play­ers to the sup­port­ers who get be­hind it … it’s just ex­tra­or­di­nary. It’s a great ef­fort by ev­ery­one.”

Ruther­glen Foot­ball Net­ball Club raised over $13,000 for the Al­bury Wodonga Re­gional Can­cer Cen­tre, fol­low­ing an­other suc­cess­ful can­cer aware­ness day held at Barkly Park re­cently.

Cats pres­i­dent Greg Lumby (left) and vice-pres­i­dent An­nette Meyer (right) pre­sent­ing a cheque to the Trust Fund Fundrais­ing Man­ager, Sera Ozdemir (cen­tre).

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