Clarence Valley Independent

Day for Sasha

L-R Stella Van Leest and Bronte Beresford of Yamba doing their best to avoid the wet sponge. Images: Lynne Mowbray.

Lynne Mowbray |

The Lower Clarence community gathered together on Sunday to support the ‘Day for Sasha’ charity auction and family fun day at the Yamba Golf and Country Club, in support of 9-year-old Sasha Berry who is recovering from brain cancer.

Around 130 people took part in the four-person Ambrose charity golfing event, which was held on Sunday morning.

A huge array of quality items were up for grabs at the silent auction that was held during the afternoon, which included a signed surfboard used in competition by three times world champion (and shark punching surfer) Mick Fanning.

Other items included: a framed Gold Coast Titans signed guernsey, a signed Cold Chisel CD and vinyl package, a 2018 Newcastle Knights signed guernsey, a 2017 Sydney Swift netball dress with COA signed by Amy Sommerville, boardshorts signed by 2012 World Champion Surfer Joel Parkinson, 2017 Carlton Football Club signed guernsey; and the list goes on.

Live music was provided by Anna and Jed and The Family Tree throughout the afternoon.

There were raffles and heaps of activities to keep the youngsters entertained including a jumping castle, Minions wet sponge throw, kids putting competition, colouring in competition along with other activities.

Clarence Valley Council General Manager Ashley Lindsay was MC at Sunday’s special fund raiser and said that Sasha is out of hospital and currently staying with her family at Ronald MacDonald house in Brisbane.

“Depending on her test results which she will receive on Monday, she can return home,” Mr Lindsay said.
“It’s great to see the Lower Clarence community coming together to rally behind Sasha,” he said.
One of the event organisers Lee Johns, said that the final amount raised on the day is still being counted (at the time of going to print) but so far the figure is approximately $22,000.
“We raised $10,301 from the auction alone,” said Mr Johns.
“We’d like to thank everyone for the massive community effort and thank all the people and businesses involved and to everyone who helped out on the day,” he said.

The community of Yamba gathered at the Yamba Golf and Country Club on Sunday to support the ‘Day for Sasha’ fundraiser.

L-R Maree Phelps, Melissa Henwood, Rebecca Spears, Mandy Brooks, Allison Bennett, Kellie Henwood and Tara Ryan.

Jacqui and Kane Aeschlimann of Palmers Island.

Miles Ferguson of Yamba trying his luck at the duck pond.

Abbey and Lara Spears of Yamba enjoying the colouring in competition.

Brothers Heath and Miles Ferguson of Yamba at the duck pond.

Anna and Jed entertained the crowd.

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