THE Tom Salmon and Fire Affected Community Mega Auction and Raffle at Tumut Showground on Friday night raised nearly $50,000.
Searing 40 degrees plus temperatures, which persisted well into the night, couldn’t keep the people away or reduce their generosity.
The night was held to raise money for 16-year-old Adelong local Tom Salmon, who was seriously injured in a horse accident and is currently in Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital.
The majority of the money will go to help Tom but some will also go to the Dunns Road Fire Appeal and to Nev and Lesley Clark, from Adelong, who lost their home and possessions in the fire.
The hard-working committee were stunned by the night’s success.
“We are totally blown away,” Siana Lucas said.
“We were expecting about $10,000. It was such a terrible night (heat-wise), but we had over 300 people there. The band, the barbecue, the auction, the raffle; it all fell into place. We are still getting people making donations.”
Not only did many people from Tumut come along, but there were people from the likes of Wagga, Cootamundra, Junee and Canberra, many of whom were members of the rodeo community and know Tom and his family.
There were 42 items auctioned, averaging over $1000 each.
The items that fetched the best money included hay, service fees for stallions and concrete and machinery vouchers.
Tom is recovering from surgery he had on Sunday.