Community digs deep

More than $36,000 has been raised by the Tumut community for research into dementia, following a charity golf day and auction last weekend.

Organised by the Dean family, the event attracted some 150 golfers and even more packed in to the clubhouse after the 18 holes were completed to bid on a range of sporting memorabilia, accommodation packages and other sought-after items.

Topping out the bidding was the Mick Fanning-signed surfboard donated by Fox Sports, which was picked up by Chris Hartshorn for a cool $5000.

Several other items were also hotly contested, as expert auctioneer Tyler Pendergast kept the bids coming in thick and fast.

A phone-bidder from Sydney picked up the prized Perisher season pass, while everything from jockey silks to cricket bats, football jumpers and more were snapped up.

The 17 items up for grabs brought in a total of $13,100.

About the same amount was raised during the golf day and through other donations, while the Pratt Foundation chipped in a generous $10,000.

Organiser Jane Dean, whose husband Stephen suffers from a rare form of dementia, said the family were overwhelmed by the support shown from the community.

“It’s times like this that you realize what an amazing community Tumut is,” Jane said. “There’s too many people to thank individually, so I’d just like to thank everyone that was involved in some way.

“From the volunteers, to those who donated auction items or prizes, to the golfers and all those people who donated their time or money, I can’t thank you enough.”

This was the second charity golf day raising money for Frontier Brain and Mind centre, a research group of the University of Sydney specialising in dementia.

The first charity golf day helped raised funds that went towards an app that will be used worldwide to help diagnose dementia.

The takings from this year’s charity golf day will be used to develop a second app that will assist individuals with dementia who have language difficulties by helping them retrain the ability to use common words and improve their ability to communicate more effectively.

For those who missed out, there’s still the opportunity to donate through the University of Sydney’s crowdfunding page: