ANDREW 'Packy' Turnbull with sons Corey (top left), 16, Marcus (bottom left), 8, Christopher (top right) 15 and Benjamin (bottom right), 13.
ANDREW 'Packy' Turnbull with sons Corey (top left), 16, Marcus (bottom left), 8, Christopher (top right) 15 and Benjamin (bottom right), 13. Contributed.

Family’s big boost

ANDREW “Packy” Turnbull’s children will receive more than $10,000 after friends and supporters battled it out for prized auction items.

Organiser of the Fundraiser for Andrew ‘Packy’s’ Children Sportsman’s Dinner, Jenny Jones said 134 people attended the dinner at the Cudgen Leagues Club on Friday.

“It was a fabulous night and so many people donated items for the auction,” Mrs Jones said.

“A man walked off the street to donate a Newcastle 2001 jumper.

“He said he wanted to remain anonymous but just wanted to help out.”

Items up for auction included framed 2009 signed football jerseys, golf clubs, a Nintendo Wii package, Twin Towns Resort accommodation, a golfing session with Rachael Hetherington, signed posters and sports items and a signed Cricket Legends jumper from Greg Ritchie’s personal collection.

Mrs Jones said owner and manager of the Kids Club Pottsville, Jodi Ball announced she would offer Mr Turnbull’s children lifetime access to after school care and vacation care for free.

“It was such a generous offer and with the kids all so young, it will be a great help,” she said.

Cudgen Leagues Club secretary manager Grant Brown said a signed Newcastle Premiers jersey was the top auction item and was bought for $1200.

“A Parramatta signed 2009 jersey went for $1200, a Stephanie Gilmore surfboard went for $900 and a round of golf with Rachael Hetherington was sold for $700,” Mr Brown said.

Mr Brown said the night would have not been so successful without auctioneer Mark Humphries and MC Graeme Jackson.

Sporting legends who attended the dinner included golfer Rachel Hetherington, former Test cricketer Greg Ritchie and NRL players Graeme Eadie and Scott Sattler and the Andrew Best Show Band provided entertainment.

Mrs Jones said it was wonderful to see Katrina Turnbull and Aubrey Turnbull as well as Cliff and Gwen Turnbull at the dinner.

She said Mr Turnbull’s sisters Annette and Sally were not able to attend but arranged auction and raffle items from afar.

Mr Turnbull, a retained firefighter with the Kingscliff fire brigade, died from a suspected heart attack while battling a grass fire at Fingal on Friday, October 16, aged 35.

He leaves behind children Aubrey, 20, Corey, 16, Christopher, 15, Benjamin, 13, Marcus, 8, Kaleb, 5, and his youngest, Kiara, who is only one.

Mrs Jones said a memorial touch football match was planned for March next year and it was hoped it would become an annual fundraising event for the Turnbull family.



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