The Dubbo Bulls football club rallied around their member Tom McKeon and his family to raise $22,000 at a charity auction on Saturday night.
Tragedy hit the McKeon family about a month ago when they received the news their unborn son Olly had no heartbeat.
Tom McKeon played for the Bulls until rupturing his Achilles tendon, which rendered him unable to work for four months. The injury occurred a week before their child was stillborn.
“We are so thankful to everyone that helped organise the night, donated and bought items and came down to support, it has truly blown us away,” Mr Mckeon said.
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“It was more than the Bulls club, the Bulls organised the auction but the whole community and Dubbo soccer clubs in general supported it.
“It was humbling and mind blowing that that kind of support was there,” he said.
“It just shows the community mindset among the soccer clubs in the region,” he said.
Everyone was happy they could help, we’re hopeful this will ease their mind and help them cope with their loss.Mr Fox
In organising the event, Dubbo Bulls Football Club president Neal Roberts sent a letter asking local businesses for donations to the charity auction.
“The lives of Tom, Chantelle and Olly’s four older siblings has taken a sad twist and we as a community would love to lend our friends a hand,” he said.
“The mood at the fundraiser was good, everyone was happy they could help, we’re hopeful this will ease their mind and help them cope with their loss,” fundraising committee member Scott Fox said.
Sixty items were donated and about 100 members from several Dubbo and districts football clubs put their hand in their pocket for the good cause.
“Dubbo Football club would like to thank the local businesses that donated items, the local fitness community, the Bulls members and the broader Dubbo football community who attended,” Mr Fox said.