Proud to be able to help

Benalla Ensign - - Front Page - By Si­mon Rup­pert

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 shan­non­train34@gmail.com to ex­press in­ter­est.’’

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