Golf day to help Brad’s battle
AT 23 years of age, Brad Carroll should be planning his future with his fiancée Sally Owen, but a cancer scare has changed all that.
Brad was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in April, which has meant the Casino resident having to battle through very expensive treatment, with Sally at his side.
With the treatment, and only being able to work sporadically for his employer Richmond Dairies, lack of finances have taken their toll.
The young couple are not alone, however, as the town has offered its support through the Brad Carroll Charity Golf Day to be held this Sunday, August 18.
"It is a two-person Ambrose which has now been fully booked up," organiser and friend of the Carroll family Gary Shephard said.
"I can't believe the amount of sponsorship we are getting from the town."
Auction prizes include a framed Australian rugby league jersey signed by Matt King, $1000 holiday, a signed Titans shirt and V8 Supercars parts signed by drivers and donated by the Paul Morris racing team.
Where people haven't been able to donate items they have given their time, including four hours of plumbing labour and 25 hours of manual labour.
Former boxing Olympian Athol McQueen, who was knocked down by the legendary Joe Frazier at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, has donated boxing gloves signed by the gold medallist.
"The silliest thing I ever did in boxing was get into the ring with Joe Frazier," he said.
"The second silliest thing I did was to get up after he knocked me down."
There will also be a monster raffle with approximately 80 prizes, including Jim Beam bar stools and table, gift baskets and vouchers, car care products and meal vouchers from local restaurants.
"The best way people can help and support us is to come down and buy raffle tickets and join in the auction," Mr Shephard said.
The Brad Carroll Charity Golf Day will be held at Casino Golf Club and there will be face-painting, a jumping castle, guessing competitions and a barbecue.
There will be live music at 1.30pm and the raffle will start at 3.30pm.
Both Brad and Sally have been overwhelmed with the support and generosity they have received from the community and want to say a big thank you to everyone involved.