Fundraiser rakes in $48,000

Tom Salmon fundraiser organisers Kellie Deudney, Siana Lucas, Karina Thatcher and Jess Reynolds with Tom Salmon.

The final amount raised by the Tom Salmon and Fire Affected Community Mega Auction and Raffle held in January has been tallied.

The event was held at Tumut Showground on the stiflingly hot night of January 31, and despite the conditions it was a tremendous success, with over 300 people coming from far and wide.

For 16-year-old Adelong rodeo rider Tom Salmon, who was badly injured in a rodeo training accident last year, $48,000 was raised.

For Nev and Lesley Clark, from Adelong, who lost their home and possessions in the fire, $1150 was raised. Another $2200 went to the Dunns Road Fire Fund. 

“We had eight different items from the auction night that we were going to have street stalls and draw at the Tumut Rodeo (to be held in April, but called off due to Covid-19 restrictions), but obviously couldn’t,” organising committee spokesperson Siana Lucas said.

These items were raffled this week.

“In the final amount, we had a steer donated by a local Adelong man, sold through Elders a few weeks ago.”

At the event, there were 42 items auctioned, averaging over $1000 each. The items that fetched the best money included hay, service fees for stallions and concrete and machinery vouchers.

Only expecting to raise about $10,000, the organising committee were stunned by the night’s success.

“We are totally blown away,” Siana Lucas said.

“We were expecting about $10,000. It was such a terrible night (heat-wise), but we had over 300 people there. The band, the barbecue, the auction, the raffle; it all fell into place.”

There were many locals there and many who came from far and wide, including Wagga Wagga, Junee, Cootamundra and Canberra, who knew Tom and his family from the rodeo circuit.

Tom has undergone numerous surgeries at Royal North Shore Hospital.

“Tom had another stint in hospital in mid-March, for a few weeks, but is back on track now,” Siana said.