The MyeTrim Family Day held at the Royal Mail Hotel Mulwala recently raised a massive $7086 in total for the Myeloma Australia foundation in honour of well-known and respected Yarrawonga man Gav Dowling.
This amount included a $600 donation from the host pub the Royal Mail Hotel.
The total tally for the entire campaign from October 15 to November 26 was a whopping $19,000.
Organiser of the event Jess Purtle said she and fellow organiser, cousin Xave Dowling were amazed by the response of the community and were massively grateful for all the money donated and support shown.
“Xave and I have been completely blown away by the support that has been shown to our fundraiser and this is obviously a testament to the person that our uncle was,” Jess said.
“We started with a modest goal and cannot believe that we made it to $19k.
“We’d like to thank all the local traders, organizations and licensed premises that got behind us and donated their goods and services so generously as it’s not an easy task to ask for charity and we truly appreciate and know that these goods and services make up part of their livelihood so we are very grateful.”
Jess said that the generosity and compassion of the community was the most heartwarming factor of the campaign and without their help the Myetrim group could not have succeeded as much as they have.
“Mostly we are grateful to our beautiful community, friends and family,” Jess said.
“These are the important people that put their hands on their heart and in their pocket.
“None of this would have been achieved without their compassion and generosity.”
Due to the large generosity of the community Jess and Xave decided to give something back as a thank you for the support.
“Xave and I along with our MyeTrim Gang have decided that as our fundraiser far exceeded our expectations mainly through the community support we wanted to give something back to the community directly and will be donating $3000 from our total to Friends in Common.
“We know that our uncle farmer Gav would be looking down loving what we have done but hating all the fuss around what a wonderful man he was but we cannot be happier with what was achieved.”
The Myetrim for Myeloma Everyday Hero Page is still active so if you would like to donate you can do so until February by visiting https://give.everydayhero.com/au/myetrim.