Shave raises whopping $20K

By Riverine Herald

MATHOURA’S Stephen Allingham was overwhelmed with emotion as hundreds of family, friends and strangers gathered on Sunday in support of him.

More than 200 people attended the Shave for a Mate event at Mathoura Football Club, which raised almost $20,000 for Stephen, who has terminal prostate cancer.

Organiser Scott Vesty said he was blown away with the support shown.

‘‘Stephen and (wife) Veronica where so overwhelmed with everything and could not stop thanking people for their generosity,’’ he said.

‘‘We are so blown away by how well the fundraiser went. We were hoping to raise around maybe $10,000, but to get around the $20,000 mark is unbelievable and Stephen and Veronica just can’t believe it.’’

The event included a silent auction and eight of Stephen’s friends shaving their heads in support of their mate.

‘‘The atmosphere was a family friendly one with the majority of people being families and their kids,’’ Mr Vesty said.

‘‘The face painting and kids activities were a massive hit with the kids and DJ Kellie Jones kept the crowd entertained as well.

‘‘Gavin Kennaugh who donated a helicopter ride for the auction also gave Stephen and Veronica a ride and they loved it.’’