A JERSEY signed by 2010 NRL premiers St George Dragons has captured the attention of punters ahead of the fall of the hammer at Dubbo on Saturday night.
The ultimate collectible for Saints fans, as well as the chance to drive a Lexus for a weekend, are both up for grabs in a special auction to raise funds to gain a service badly needed in western NSW.
The auction is part of the Hear Our Heart Ear Bus Project charity gala ball, which will swing into the night at Lazy River Estate.
The committee behind the project has been busy fundraising for much of the year to realise a mobile ear health clinic to travel the region's schools.
It has received support from a number of people to put together the auction items, which the community can view on the Dubbo District Deaf Club's Facebook page.
Other items up for grabs include an autographed and framed picture of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, a sterling silver pink pendant donated by Whitney's Jewellers, a game at Players Paintball and more.
Bidding via silent auction on the Facebook page has already started.
The Dragons jersey, organised by Michael O'Dell from the Dubbo branch of the St George bank, sits at $250.
Hear Our Heart committee member Rachel Mills yesterday thanked all those who had donated auction items and prizes for raffles.
She was excited about the ball, at which the Great Western Plains Big Band will perform, and anticipated it would be "good fun".
The committee will also draw the winner of the major prize of seven nights' accommodation at Manly's Sandgate Apartments, a $300 Flight Centre voucher and Sydney Harbour Bridge climb voucher for two people, and other raffle prizes.
Today is the last day to buy a ticket to the ball, and people should contact Rowena Galway on 0432 344 755, Ms Mills said.
Raffle ticket purchases can also be arranged by calling that number.
The Hear Our Heart Ear Bus Project was set up to combat otitis media, a common but serious problem that reduces hearing and also causes disadvantages to communication, learning and social capacity.
The committee's mission is to raise $360,000 to purchase a purpose-built ear bus.
Proceeds from the ball will bring the ear bus closer to reality.
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