Warwick auctioneer goes above and beyond
TWO mates have banded together for the fourth year in a row to raise valuable money in the fight against cancer.
For Warwick businessmen Ray Bunch and Stuart Bond it's an issue close to the heart.
"I lost my wife Jackie to cancer about four and a half years ago,” Mr Bunch said.
"Since then my family have been doing whatever we can to raise funds for the Warwick branch of the Cancer Council to try to make a difference.”
Mr Bunch said they started with fund-raising for Relay for Life.
"Then I approached Stuart with the idea of holding a machinery auction,” he said.
"We just ran with it and for the last few years we've been holding it out at Tannymorel.
"The reason this event raises so much money - more than $7000 every year, is Bondy, he donates his time, commission and staff.
"He's got a lot to be thanked for.”
The 2017 machinery auction took place behind the Tannymorel Bowls Club and saw more than 500 pieces up for grabs.
In his professional role as the auctioneer, Mr Bond is in charge of the sale.
"Ray and I have been mates for 40 years,” he said.
"I knew Jackie very well and helping out is dear to me as well. It's always a really well-supported event because everybody knows somebody who's been affected by cancer and everyone is willing to dig deep for this charity.”
The bulk of the funds raised on the day come from Mr Bond.
"We charge 10percent per item to sell and donate 50percent of that,” he said.
"All of my staff donate their time on the day and there are many sellers who donate their proceeds or part-proceeds from sale.
"There are some really generous people around here. It's a worthwhile day and a pleasure to be associated with an organisation like that.”