City rallies behind Amali
Wednesday, 24th October, 2018
By Emily Ferguson
Thirteen-year-old local girl Amali Elston was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer earlier this year.
Since April, Amali and her family have endured emotional and financial stress while Amali has been undergoing treatment in Adelaide and Sydney.
Amali’s Grandmother, Pam Tosh, said she felt the need to fundraise and try to assist her family in any way possible as they were placed in an unimaginable situation.
Pam approached Karren Howe of the Demo Club for her assistance in where to begin in terms of fundraising, and Karren offered to help.
From there they have held a cake stall and a sausage sizzle to raise much-needed funds for Amali and her family.
Now, this Friday Night at the Demo Club will be the biggest fundraiser yet - a live auction for a variety of great items that have been generously donated by the people of Broken Hill.
Although Amali is unfortunately not well enough to attend the auction in person she will be watching live via the Demo Club’s Facebook Page.
Her family members, such as her grandmother, uncle and aunty and brothers will attend on her behalf.
Amali’s Auction will begin with a five-year-old girl, Kynli Higgins, having her hair cut off, which will be donated to make wigs for children with cancer.
Zeta Bennett and Mitchell Halpin of Broken Hill First National Real Estate volunteered their time to do the auctioneering for the evening.
Just a few of the items that will be auctioned off include a three-piece lounge suite donated by Vines Furniture One, a large mirror and lampshade from Inspired Home Living, Rabbitohs memorabilia and State of Origin flags from Jason McArthur, and four Pro Hart paintings and a mountain bike donated by Brian Delbridge.
There are also many other items and various gift vouchers from numerous Broken Hill businesses and people such as PetsTucker, McDonalds, NVU and Aura. All items available for auction will be posted on Amali’s Fight and the Demo Club Facebook pages.
“Broken Hill has been marvellous, the amount of donations we’re receiving is amazing,” said Amali’s grandmother, Pam Tosh.
“We appreciate it all, people have been handing me envelopes saying ‘it’s not much’ but I am grateful for anyone who puts 20 cents in the tins because it all adds up.”
Around $800 was raised at the Pink Ribbon Dinner organised by the Broken Hill Breast Cancer Support Group and the Broken Hill Quota Club added the difference to make $1000, which the organisations decided to donate to Amali and her family.
Any donations for Amali and her family are gratefully accepted.
Head on down to the Demo Club on Friday night to support a local family in their biggest time of need.
WHAT: Amali’s Fundraiser
WHEN: Friday, October 26, from about 7pm.
WHERE: Demo Club