Fundraiser helps injured mate
By LUIS FELIU
INJURED Tweed police officer Bill Chaffey praised friends and workmates for their support and generosity after receiving a cheque for $7350 yesterday raised at a fundraiser attended by more than 200 people at Twin Towns Services Club last Friday night.
Senior Constable Chaffey, 30, a father of two young daughters, was left with permanent injuries, including partial paralysis, after a truck hit him from behind at Chinderah as he cycled to work in March last year and, after spending months in hospital, has since been on restricted duties.
His workmates and friends have rallied over the past six months to help him and his wife Vanessa who have struggled emotionally and financially since the accident.
Local constables Andrew Eppelstun, Chris Sullivan, Peter Nissan, Dave McCormack and ambulance officer Greg Golds formed a band called Ehabo? for the fundraiser and with Senior Constable Greg Keyte, who put together a stand-up comedy routine, helped make the night a raging success raising some $7350 for Bill and his family.
"It's very very generous and helpful and I'm grateful to have this much support," Senior Constable Chaffey said.
Senior Constable Eppelstun praised Murwillumbah Music's Peter Hulme and Nadia Loades for providing the sound and lighting equipment and their professional service that made the night possible.
"It was also pleasing to see the support received not only from those who attended but also from local businesses that donated prizes to the raffles," he said.
Mr Golds said the band's performance "outdid Barry Mani-low who was playing upstairs on the night ? there were more people at our gig ? certainly more on the dance floor".