Auction will be last big event for appeal

GALLERY: Hundreds of bikers ride out for Kristy

AN auction at The Exchange on Friday will mark the last major event to raise money for the Kristy Thomson Appeal. 

Kristy Thomson was seriously injured when a tree fell in Rosalind Park last year. 

Her daughter Patiya May, 4, died.

Committee member of the Kristy Thomson Appeal Michael McKern said the total amount raised to help pay for Ms Thomson's medical costs would also be announced at the event

"We want to thank the community for the outpouring of support and donations," he said.

"There is still time to support the cause if people wish to come down on Friday.

"They can donate at any Bendigo Bank branch, too."

The event starts at 5pm with the auction commencing at 6pm and winding up about 7.30pm. 

Mr McKern said among the items being auctioned off were signed AFL jerseys which had been donated from Geelong, Hawthorn, Saint Kilda and Richmond. 

"We have gym memberships, four nights at the All Seasons Bendigo, five nights in Port Douglas, plus a heap of silent auctions happening."

Bikers have also joined the cause, doing a charity ride on Sunday. 

A procession of 129 motorcycle riders left the Allies Hotel at about 10am on Sunday and made their way to the Harcourt Tavern and Braidie’s Tavern in Strathfieldsaye. 

Mr McKern said the events fundraising efforts were incredible. 

"About $22,000 was raised, which is amazing," he said. 

Lar Eiffe, one of the event organisers, said it was a “fantastic day”.

“I got involved because I am a good friend of Kristy’s dad and uncle and it is an important cause," she said.

Kristy’s stepfather Geoff Dudley, who was also on the ride out, told the Bendigo Advertiser on Sunday the support for Kristy has been "overwhelming".

“It’s bloody terrific,” he said.

The Exchange is located at the New Bendigo Bank Centre. 

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