Tay­lor’s quest nets $35 000

The Tatura Guardian - - News - By Madeleine Cac­cian­iga

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.

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