Taylor’s quest nets $35 000
Starting with a goal of $15 000, Taylor Wereszczuk was well on her way to the grand finale with $9800 already in the tank raised for the Leukaemia Foundation and to help raise support for her aunty and well-loved Tatura local Kim Taylor.
More than 200 people attended the fundraiser at the Tatura Hotel on Friday to show their support for the young family and Kim who had recently come out of remission to start chemotherapy, bringing the final total to more than $35 000.
Ms Wereszczuk said she felt the entire challenge had been a huge success, but was devastated her aunty could not be there to celebrate with her.
‘‘Even though Kim can’t be here, I know she’s with me in spirit and she has written a letter for me to read out to show her input,’’ Ms Wereszczuk said.
Emotions flew high throughout the night with more than 50 donations going home with the highest bidder for the charity auction and ponytails cut off for the big shave.
‘‘I’ve been absolutely amazed once again with all the support from the town and the Goulburn Valley, I’m nervous, but excited to be able to give Kim and Jarrod less financial stress because the bills keep coming in, it doesn’t matter how small, they keep coming in,’’ Ms Wereszczuk said.
She said out of the total raised, $6500 would go towards the Leukaemia Foundation and the rest would go directly to the Taylor family.
Tatura Football Netball Club senior boys Daniel Maher, Andrew Ciavarella and Dylan Burls also supported the campaign by having their first haircuts in eight to three years to donate to the community cause.
Auctions on the day included a $500 Cleaves Garden Supplies voucher, a fishing charter for 10 people and a dinner party for 12 at One 4 One Cafe.