So much has been done for spinal injury victim Ryan Medley and his family in the past two weeks, but the biggest fundraising activity of all may be about to kick off.
An online auction will go live on Wednesday, featuring some once-in-a-lifetime opportunities as prizes, and Dubbo CYMS chairman believes it will provide a major boost to the $110,000 already raised.
“As a board, the groups behind the Ryan Medley Appeal had some items that lended themselves to being auctioned,” Mr Walkom said.
“We then had some other items and experiences donated, and we spoke of an online auction but had no platform.
“Through networks Pickles Auctions were approached and they were only too happy to come on board and essentially facilitate the auction, and we really do have some great things up for grabs.”
We’ve had so many generous donations, now hopefully we can have some generous bidding.Kevin Walkom
Among the items donated to the auction are a meet-and greet-experience at The Voice finale with judges such as Delta Goodrem (and accommodation), a South Sydney Rabbitohs dressing shed experience, a meet-and-greet with NRL player Paul Gallen, a three-day pass to watch an Ashes test, and tickets to watch Arsenal v Western Sydney Wanderers.
There are many other fabulous items up for grabs as well, and Mr Walkom said bidding should be frantic to support a family whose lives were turned upside down when the 28-year-old suffered a fractured C5 vertebrae and associated spinal injuries in a reserve grade match against Wellington on June 4.
“We’ve had so many generous donations, now hopefully we can have some generous bidding,” he said.
“Some of these things, like the experience at The Voice, are once-in-a-lifetime and there will be reserves on them to maximise their potential but we have in excess of 50 items so hopefully there’s something most people can chuck a bid in for.
“Seeing this come together and the fundraising and support already received, the good old Aussie spirit is alive and kicking.”
The online auction will commence on Wednesday, June 21, with bids to close on Thursday, June 29.
More information will be available on the website www.pickles.com.au from the time it goes live, or by following the Ryan Medley Appeal page on Facebook.