MORE than $18,000 has been presented to Oberon Can Assist after a record-breaking Oberon Tigers charity round.
The annual fundraising fixture raised a record $12,500 last year, but that total was easily surpassed this year in a show of community spirit and generosity.
The Tigers’ Can Assist charity round was held late last month when the club hosted Blayney.
The Old Tiges and the senior and junior clubs worked closely this year to ensure the day was a success.
“We had a fantastic response from local businesses, who donated goods and services to be auctioned on the night,” juniors president Spiro Kavalieros said.
“In addition, each of our junior teams donated goods for hampers which resulted in more than 40 lots, ranging from a mobile phone to a set of car tyres, going under the hammer.”
The senior club commissioned a one-off charity jersey based on the 1958 design in commemoration of the club’s 60th anniversary in the Group 10 Country Rugby League competition.
Jerseys with numbers 1 to 25 were sold off by guest auctioneers Greg Ryan and Darrin McFawn, who generously donated their time.
A packed leagues club entered into the spirit of the auction and, as a result of the pledges, $18,165 was donated.
"Most people have been touched by cancer at some stage, either directly or through a loved one, so to be able to offer Can Assist this support every year is special to both the junior and senior clubs,” Tigers club secretary Neil O’Grady said.
Oberon Can Assist president Brenda Armstrong said Can Assist will support any person of any age in the community affected by cancer.
"We are fully aware of the uphill battle families can go through when a loved one is diagnosed with cancer,” she said.
“Our support can be offered in varied ways, such as travel assistance, petrol vouchers, food vouchers, utility bills, vehicle maintenance and medical – cancer-related medication, hospital or scan fees.”
Mr O’Grady thanked the club’s bar manager Natalie Ryan - who, he said, made six trips in her own car to ensure patrons arrived home safely.
“Oberon Can Assist, Old Tiges and the Oberon Tigers would like to thank all who supported this cause,” he said.