Proud to be able to help
The family of Benalla’s Rylee Train, who is living with cerebral palsy, has successfully raised $4963 by taking part in Steptember and raising money around town.
Three-year-old Rylee’s Aunt Kristy Kane worked tirelessly in her fundraising efforts to support the Cerebral Palsy Alliance (CPA).
‘‘We are very proud of this year’s efforts and extremely grateful for the donations of items and cash from Benalla residents and Businesses like the Ensign,’’ she said.
‘‘We would also like to thank everyone who donated in and around Benalla, as well as the donations made from friends and family from around Australia and Overseas.
‘‘Collectively our teams did 7 046 677 steps, this equates to 5370 km, the equivalent of walking around Uluru 571 times.
‘‘The total amount raised this year was $4963 which goes to assist with providing customised equipment, therapy and research into prevention and a cure for people living with cerebral palsy and their families.
‘‘This year we had three barbecues with the help of Mitre 10 and Woolworths and a car wash which were all a great success.
‘‘People were very enthusiastic about the raffle which wouldn’t have been possible without the help of local businesses.’’
For a small rural city Benalla has a lot of good people and the community is wellknown for banding together to raise money for a number of charities and charitable events.
Benalla businesses who donated in this instance were Ryan & McNulty Sawmillers, Benalla Golf Club, Mitre 10, Woolworths, Benalla Private Tuition, TKM Diesel, Goodyear, Armature Ink, Coles, Kark’s Beauty, Spot 4 Coffee, Lionheart, Sharps Outdoors, Zhen Hair, Luke Hay Tree Services, Hedge to Home Gardening & Cleaning, Priceline and Mensland. Kristy also arranged proved very popular.
The raffle was drawn at a Woolworths barbecue on September 30; there were three lucky winners: 1st prize went to Mrs J Griffiths; 2nd prize went to Mr G Mounsey; 3rd prize went to Mrs M Exton. This was the second year the Kanes have raised funds for people living with cerebral palsy and they are already planning for next year.
‘‘We have some new fundraising ideas and are we going to form a committee to help with organisation,’’ Ms Kane said.
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‘‘We would like to invite other locals that are interested in joining the team next year in committing to 10 000 steps a day and some fundraising efforts.
‘‘We would also like to invite businesses that may like to donate goods or services towards next year’s raffle to contact Shannon Train at firstname.lastname@example.org to express interest.’’