Cats’ cancer courtesy

By Corowa Free Press

By Jarryd Barca

Rutherglen Football Netball Club raised over $13,000 for the Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre, following another successful cancer awareness day held at Barkly Park recently. 

The cancer awareness day is an annual fundraising event run by the Cats, where they hold a lady’s high tea in the club rooms, sell raffle tickets and auction off different items for a great cause. 

Vice-president Annette Meyer, with the aid of some helpers, put on a successful high tea which included guest speaker and cancer survivor Anna Hession, who was treated at the Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre. 

There were a plethora of raffle prizes won and a $1,000 crane hire raffle donation, while there couldn’t have been a more worthy winner of the nearest the pin helicopter ball drop.

Michelle Talbot, a netball coach, lost her husband Matt nearly 10 years ago. The club now has the Matt Talbot Medal – named after him.

Michelle also tragically lost her sister and father more recently, while she also had a cyst removed not too long ago. Showing such perseverance in the face of adverse hardship makes her the perfect recipient. 

Cats president Greg Lumby is thankful for the efforts of everyone involved in allowing the event to happen each year, and for the ample sum of money again raised. 

“Big thankyou to the players, both footy and netball, that sold tickets and obviously the general community that got behind it again,” he told The Free Press.

“The Rutherglen community, from the players to the supporters who get behind it … it’s just extraordinary. It’s a great effort by everyone.”