Charity day raises $60K

Jack, Olivia, Grace and Jane Dean with Stephen at Saturday’s charity golf fundraiser.

The Tumut Charity Golf day has again proved a huge success, with a stunning $60,000 raised.

“We are still waiting on a few costs to come out, but we have counted $60,000,” main organiser Jane Dean said.

She said she was “absolutely amazed” with the total raised and the success of the event.

“It’s overwhelming,” she said.

The Golf Day raises money for Frontier Research, which specialises in the diagnosis, prognosis and care of people with Frontotemporal Dementia.

Jane’s husband Stephen suffers from Primary Progressive Aphasia, which falls into this category.

The rain on Saturday threatened to put a dampener on the golfing round, but players didn’t hesitate to take to the greens in big numbers.

Of the 144 people who registered, 130 came and took part, a number higher than organisers expected.

Of the money raised, $34,000 of it came via the auction, and the NSW State of Origin and Manly Sea Eagles jerseys were among the items that fetched big dollars.

The success of the event strengthened Jane’s already great love for the Tumut community.

“This town is just beyond amazing,” she said.

“I feel very emotional.”

Kurt Baker, a lifetime friend of the Dean family, had his head shaved by Ella Pearce and Jack Dean, and raised more than $7600.

After the Golf presentation, auctions, raffle and head shave, Tumut musician Andrew Wortes put in a well-received performance.

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“Andrew was brilliant; he played all night and entertained the crowd.

People came from all over to attend, including the Central Coast, Sydney, Wollongong, Batemans Bay, Canberra and Albury.

“Lots of family members travelled here, and Stephen’s mates who he played footy and golf with and went to the car races with came from everywhere,” Jane said.

Frontier researchers were also there on the day, including senior research officer David Foxe, who was greatly impressed with the money raised.

“This is wonderful news,” he said. 

“We are absolutely blown away by the generosity of the Dean family and Tumut community. It’s quite unbelievable, really. I cannot overstate how thankful we are to the Tumut community. We are really excited to be putting the money raised from this year’s event to good use.”

Jane was very busy with the organising and running of the day, but she was not alone.

“The support I had on the day was amazing,” she said.

“So many people were helping. My kids are just amazing; they’re my strength.”

Jane also expressed her sincere thanks to the Tumut Golf Club for hosting the event, particularly given the wet weather.

“Everyone from the pro shop to the bar staff at the club were fantastic and we’re really grateful they allowed us to play, given the conditions.”