HELPING HANDS: Rhonda Badby, Denis Reynolds and Gary Sedorenko were three locals who donated their time to help raise funds for Maryvale woman Tracey Young.
HELPING HANDS: Rhonda Badby, Denis Reynolds and Gary Sedorenko were three locals who donated their time to help raise funds for Maryvale woman Tracey Young. Molly Glassey

Maryvale raises $3000 for Tracey

IT SEEMED the entire township of Maryvale donated something to help raise funds for Tracey Young.

The Maryvale woman is fighting a rare blood disease, and has been offered a lifesaving treatment that comes with a $500,000 price tag.

To help raise funds for her treatment, a good slice of the Maryvale population turned up to the local pub to offer what they could to her.

Maryvale Crown Hotel publican Denis Reynolds donated the venue.

Auctioneers Anthony Flint and Stuart Bond offered their expertise, running the auction.

And Angus Bowles, who himself has been on the receiving end of community kindness, donated a pig that was prepared by Gary Sedorenko who donated his crackling-making skills.

Tracey's mother Lee Young said they were hoping to raise $15,000 from the day.

"It would be nicer if the crowd was a bit bigger, but I bet most have stayed at home because of the weather," she said.

She has lived in Maryvale for three years and was amazed at how the town pulled together to help her sick daughter.

"It will be such a relief to have financial help for Tracey," she said.

"I just want everyone to know that this money is going straight to Tracey's treatment."

Farmer Phil Bowles said when he heard of the event, he got on board without a moment's hesitation.

"A few years ago the community helped my son out when he needed to go to America to get a tumour removed," Mr Bowles said.

"Denis donated us a venue and we had a similar event to today's. We raised $13,000."

Mr Bowles said he hoped the pig on the spit offered a delicious drawcard for people.

"I reckon that pig could feed close to 100," he laughed.

The day kicked off at 10am and lasted well into the evening, with Tracey showing up after dark, having spent the morning on dialysis.

She performed with her friend Cherylin Bickers, singing to the crowd who showed up to help her cause.

Maryvale Crown Hotel publican Denis Reynolds called the day a success.

"$3000 was pretty good considering the horrible weather," Mr Reynolds said.



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