Cabarita couple Colleen and Jack McArdle organised the day and helped out at the craft stalls.
Cabarita couple Colleen and Jack McArdle organised the day and helped out at the craft stalls.

Rain couldn't stop the generosity

NOT even rain could dampen the spirit or generosity of those people who attended a barefoot Bowls Fundraising Day for Sam Ford and his family.

The event, organised by the Cabarita Beach Sports Club and local couple Jack and Colleen McArdle, raised almost $3000.

The McArdles wanted to hold the event after hearing about Sam's ongoing rehabilitation requirements and his family's plight.

Sam became permanently disabled after being king-hit in Coolangatta in October 2009.

His 19-year-old attacker was sentenced to six years' jail last month, with the possibility of parole in two years.

Sam, 19, will need 24-hour-a-day care for the rest of his life.

Cabarita Beach Sports Club general manager Brad Beetson said the event on Saturday was a roaring success.

“The rain didn't deter local support for the Sam Ford fundraiser day,” Mr Beetson said.

“The barefoot bowls was washed out, however, in excess of 100 locals turned up to show their support.”

All the club's bar profits between 1pm and 4.30pm on the day were donated.

“Nearly $3000 was raised on the day, a culmination of money raised from the barbecue, cake stall, raffle and donations from patrons and the club,” Mr Beetson said.

“Sam and his mum turned up and were overwhelmed by the amount people in the club support Sam's cause”.

If you would have liked to make a donation to the family and couldn't make it on the day please call Cabarita Beach Sports Club on (02) 66761135 by Thursday, March 31.



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