Kyogle auction to help out local lad
By Jennie Dell
GO TO Kyogle this Saturday and bid on a mountain bike, a thousand dollars worth of travel vouchers, or hundreds of other temptations, and you will be helping an 18-year old Kyogle man who is facing a lifetime of quadriplegia.
Tyson Alcorn, of Kyogle, was in his HSC year at Kyogle High, a promising young footballer full of life and potential, when a trail bike accident in January broke his neck and changed his life forever. The chances of his ever regaining any movement below the neck are estimated by medical specialists at 'less than one per cent'.
The expense of such a tragic diagnosis is huge. Medical bills, rehabilitation costs, home alterations, wheelchairs, and care assistance are just the tip of the iceberg. It's a massive burden for any family to face.
The close-knit Kyogle community has come together under the leadership of Kyogle Rugby League Football Club president, John Spackman. A committee comprising footie club members, families and friends was formed and plans are in place for a massive fundraiser, comprising a family fun day and auction, to be held at Kyogle Football Club this Saturday, May 26, from 11.30am.
Donations for the auction have exceeded all expectations and are still rolling in. A massive amount of donated football memorabilia will be auctioned, alongside holiday, accommodation and travel vouchers, a family pass to Australia Zoo, bikes, kitchen equipment, and a huge variety of other items ? over $50,000 worth.
Robyn O'Reilly is among the many helpers volunteering for the day. Robyn will be the canteen co-ordinator, presiding over the catering team who will be busy providing hot food, snacks, drinks, a barbecue and bar throughout the day.
"The donations for the auction are building up in 'Tyson's Room', at John Spackman's house," Robyn said. "We're expecting big crowds, and hoping to see all Tyson's young friends there."