On the 18th August at exactly 2pm, a crazy idea conceived over several cups of coffee came to fruition.
600 tennis balls were tossed from a helicopter onto a football field, a community was brought together to raise awareness of not dropping the ball on health and over $61,000 was raised in the process for charity.
With in excess of 500 people attending the community get together held at Holbrook Sporting Complex. There were delicious roast rolls from locally grown and butchered lamb and beef, fairy floss, giant games, lolly jar guessing, netball shooting and football kicking competitions.
The Fight MND Holbrook Big Freeze was certainly a spectacle with liquid nitrogen adding to the theatrics of those heading down the slide into 1C water, containing 400kgs of ice.
Then the much anticipated helicopter came in from the South West, did a couple of donuts around the oval and dropped every last ball before doing another lap or two and heading off into the distance, leaving the judges to discover the winners.
After which the auction led by Matt Pitzen kicked off and it did not disappoint, with so many generously donated quality auction items and keen bidders in the spirit of benefiting a worthy cause (or four).
The organising committee have been overwhelmed by the generosity and support received by the Holbrook and District Community and by the amount of money raised for Research4Riney, Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre Trust Fund, Bowel Cancer Australia and FightMND.
- Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre Trust Fund $15,436.83
- Bowel Cancer Australia $11,686.83
- Research4Riney $11,686.83
- FightMND $22,221.83
There are so many people that made this day amazing and it would be impossible to name them all without missing someone.
The Holbrook and district community should be extremely proud and give themselves a pat on the back for making this day such a success!
From those who donated goods and services, to those who purchased balls and those bidding on auction items, to those whom just turned up on the day and were a part of this stunning community get together.
Ball Drop Prize Winners;
First Prize, closest to the pin went to Kate Heijse, Second Prize to Matt Ralph and Third to James Capell.
Consolation prizes going to Tom Davies, Simone Russell, Cathy Jones, Charlie Papworth, Joanne Siedle, Cath Mann, Richard Locke, Richard Jenkyn, Antonia Grunow and Joan Parker.