Racing club backs appeal

THE Bendigo community continues to reach out to the family of Patiya May Schreiber.

Little Patiya was tragically killed when a tree fell in Rosalind Park on December 30.

Her mother, Kristy Thomson, is unlikely to walk again after the accident and is being treated in Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital.

The Kristy Thomson Appeal has been set up to help with Patiya's funeral expenses and Kristy's ongoing medical needs.

The Bendigo Harness Racing Club is among those supporting the fundraising efforts.

The club will donate $1 from every paying patron at this Saturday night's Bendigo Pacing Cup. 

Bendigo Harness Racing Club chief executive David Aldred said the club was a big part of the community and wanted to help out when it could.

“Given we’ve got a lot of the community in the one place at the one time, it’s a great opportunity to tap into their goodwill and we hope they will respond,'' he said.

Other fundraising events include:

A benefit gig at The Manchester Arms from 7.30pm on Friday.

Cogho from 3BO will compere the night, which includes an auction of goods and services donated by Bendigo, Sunbury and Melbourne businesses. Musician Peter Reeves will provide the entertainment.

Auction items include dinner for four with limo worth $500 at One Tree Hill Hotel and a $200 voucher from Bendigo Flight Centre.

Publicans Andrew and Casey Quinn are donating the pub venue and providing finger food for a $5 door charge.

The Salvation Army will donate all proceeds from the Gravel Hill market on January 11 to the appeal.

The market will be held from 8am until 2pm and include trash and treasure, a barbecue and various other stalls. 

An auction and family day will be held at the Courthouse Hotel on Sailors Gully Road from 2pm on January 12.

Publicans Nick and Sally Tantanis will donate a 32 inch television to start the auction and start the day with a $500 cash donation. They will also offer a sausage sizzle for a gold coin donation.

They are calling on other businesses to leave items to be auctioned at the hotel before Friday.

A bike ride will leave the Allies Hotel at 10am on February 16 and return to the pub about 1pm, to be followed by an afternoon of food and music. 

Entry to the ride is $10 per person and to the afternoon $10 per head. Children under 15 years may enter via gold coin donation.

The Golden Vine Hotel in King Street is also raising funds for the family.

Co-manager Liz Wright said the pub held a gold coin donation for a chosen charity each Wednesday  with its trivia night, and they had decided to donate January’s trivia-night proceeds to the Kristy Thomson Appeal.

Donations can be made at any Bendigo Bank branch, or online at

Community rallies to support family of Patiya May

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