WHENEVER Rhonda Linnell needed some help, her cousin Ian was always there to lend a hand.
That is why when Ian was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer three years ago, Rhonda vowed she would do everything in her power to repay the favour.
“He has stage four pancreatic cancer,” Rhonda said.
“He has undergone extensive surgery, radiation and chemo therapy and has now reached a point that the only treatment available is a course of tablets costing over $3,000 per month.
“Pancare have supported him through these costs so we wanted to do something to support Pancare.”
That is where the new fundraising idea was born.
“We are running a raffle, it started on March 2 and the winner will be drawn on Easter Saturday at 11am.
“We think a raffle is a good way to get everyone involved.”
“Panreatic cancer has one of the worst survival rates — it’s around five per cent.
“Because of this it doesn’t really attract as much funding for research as other cancers do.”
Rhonda, Bryan and Tim Linnell recently took over the Heathcote newsagency and, not long before that, the local post office.
The family has been selling pens and ribbons out of their store, but Rhonda knew she wanted to do more.
“We have donated prizes that you can check out in the store, and Fodder Café also kindly donated a voucher.”
If you wish to enter the raffle and also give Rhonda, her family and Pancare (a national non-profit organisation) a helping hand in the meantime, head down to the post office to purchase a ticket.