Jag and Kinlee Gelkov with Lahnie Ward, below, and memorabilia donated for the benefit.
Jag and Kinlee Gelkov with Lahnie Ward, below, and memorabilia donated for the benefit.

$30,000 to help kids futures

IF you ever needed a reminder of how much good exists in the world, last week’s Tweed Heads Coolangatta Golf Club fundraiser would have been the perfect memory jolt.

Gold Coast’s Lahnie Ward said she was “overwhelmed” when she counted more than $30,000 in money raised from a benefit she helped organise to support a Currumbin family.

Last September 37-year-old Nik Gelkov was diagnosed with lung and bone cancer.

Ever since, his wife Kylee – an ex-St Joseph’s teacher – and their two children, Jag and Kinlee, have been living with an uncertain future.

So when Mrs Gelkov’s two best friends Lahnie Ward and Nadine Francis came to her with an idea to throw a benefit night to raise money for the “future well-being of Jag and Kinlee,” they were given the go-ahead.

“It went so well,” Ms Ward said.

“The kindness of people is just phenomenal.

“People Nik and Kylee have never even met wanting to help out in some way.”

More than 190 people packed into the golf club to buy raffle tickets and bid in auctions of donated sporting memorabilia.

“It was a really upbeat evening, not at all sombre,” Ms Ward said.

“Considering our original target was $10,000, and we raised over $30,000, it’s just phenomenal.

“There were some tears; it was very emotional.

“We’re so grateful to everyone who came out and supported us.”

Mrs Gelkov’s mother Joy-Anne Fisher agreed, and said the night’s MCs, Holmesy and Flan from Hot Tomato, added to the great atmosphere.

Mr and Mrs Gelkov said their friends did an exceptional job organising and running the benefit night.

“They are a tremendous support to us,” Mrs Gelkov said.

“Nik and I still remain overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of Gold Coast businesses, our friends and individuals within the community for their donations.

“For that, we will always be grateful.

“It’s a comforting feeling realising just how many people care about our young family.

“Nik and I would like to send a heart-felt thank you to everyone who has been a part of the Jag and Kinlee Benefit.”

The money will be put into a trust account for the children.



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