Fundraising raffle total reaches $1600

April 11, 2018

From left: Rhonda Linnell, Ian Kelly, Kathy Kelly and Ardina Davis.

THE staff of Heathcote Post Office and Newsagency were delighted Rhonda Linnell’s cousin Ian Kelly was able to attend and draw out three lucky winners of the Easter Raffle.

And by the time he was finished first prize had gone to Leanne Keys, second prize was won by June Gleeson and third prize was won by Colleen Pichut.

Ian, 67, who has battled pancreatic cancer for the past three years — and who recently was told all treatment options had now been exhausted and he only had a few months to live — was absolutely overjoyed with the $1600 dollars raised by the raffle.

Ian was also delighted by the way the people of Heathcote had supported this fundraiser and emphasised how appreciative he was of the generous nature of the Heathcote people.

“In the process of selling over 1000 tickets, many stories were shared of other much loved family members and friends lost to cancer — pancreatic among them,” Rhonda said.

“It’s clear that cancer has touched the lives of so many people in some way. Much credit must go to Ardina who explored every nook and cranny of Heathcote to seek out ticket buyers.”

Rhonda would also like to thank Fodder for donating a prize, the McIvor Times for informing the community about the fundraiser, the staff of the Post Office and, most importantly, everyone who purchased tickets.

“I hope even if you didn’t win a prize, you’re proud of the part you played in helping to improve research into the treatment of pancreatic cancer; building awareness of the Pancare Foundation and fighting the scourge of cancer in any form,” she said.

“We look forward to the support of the town next Easter.”

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