Golfers turn out for Stephen

THE Tumut community once again came though for one of its own at Sunday’s Charity Golf Day at Tumut Golf Club, held for popular local Stephen Dean.

In one of the biggest charity events held at the club, 150 golfers took to the greens and fairways and many more turned up in support to help raise funds for research into Primary Progressive Aphasia, which has cruelly afflicted Stephen.

The final amount collected is still being tallied, but it is impressive, and there is also the money raised in the auction of generously donated items at the club afterwards, which is over $7000.

In the lead-up to the event, a crowd-funding page attracted $11,000, and this is climbing.

As well as an army of locals, there was a sizable contingent from Batemans Bay, and others from Terrigal and elsewhere in the state.

Stephen and his family were overwhelmed by the support. “He was very emotional,” wife and event coordinator Jane Dean said.

“He could believe the response. It was absolutely wonderful.”

Jane herself was blown away by the success of the day.

“It was beyond amazing,” she said.

“I had a wonderful group of helpers and we had people selling cakes, hot dogs, drinks and snacks at the holes.”

There is as yet no cure for Primary Progressive Aphasia, but the proceeds of Sunday will go to the Brain and Mind Centre in Sydney in an effort to find one.

Meanwhile, you can go to the crowd funding page at