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Strong support for Shelley

Monday, 4th August, 2008

A huge crowd turned out yesterday morning in support of an event which raised funds for police Officer Shelley Walsh, whose life was torn apart by an attack on her family.

Local Senior Constable and "Ride for Shelley" organiser Ray Gardoll said he was "extremely happy" with the amount of support the event received.

Almost 200 people showed up for the 25 kilometre bicycle ride to Silverton, including one runner and five walkers, helping to raise about $2,000 for the appeal.

Senior Constable Gardoll said he was humbled by the generosity that the locals showed for the Parkes police officer.

"They came together for someone they didn't know," he said.

"People were giving me donations, left right and centre....The response was fantastic."

Shelley was attacked and seriously injured last month when she returned to her parent's home in Cowra to find her two young children and mother murdered.

Yesterday the fundraisers were treated to a barbecue lunch by the loca APEX Club when they arrived at Silverton.

Mr Gardoll said the event had a family-friendly atmosphere, with more than 50 children taking part.

A highway patrol officer and St John Ambulance Volunteers ensured everyone was safe and representatives from the Fire Brigade, Ambulance and SES also took part.

"Everyone got out there safe and everyone got back - that's the main thing," Senior Constable Gardoll said.

Donations can be made in support of the Shelley appeal at the Westpac Bank for the rest of the week.

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