Gayndah bands together to help one of their own
COMMUNITY spirit and mateship flowed through Gayndah on Saturday night at the auction fundrasier for Heidi Pringle.
Ms Pringle is a young local who is undergoing treatment for acute promyelocytic leukaemia and is currently having month-on-month-off treatment in hospital in Brisbane.
During her "month-off” at home, she still has to take chemo tablets for two weeks, which also make her quite sick.
Volunteer Amanda Wenck said out of every eight weeks, Heidi is doing six weeks of treatment and she will need to continue this treatment until at least March next year.
The total raised from auction items alone was over $6000 with bar profits and cash donations still to be added to the total.
Out of all of the 29 items that went up for auction, only 4 didn't receive a bid - those items will be posted to Facebook to see if they can be sold.
Organisers Amanda Zahl and Amanda Wenck were humbled by the support received for the event and were happy with the outcome.
"For us, it was about more than money,” Amanda Wenck said.
"It is about showing support and kindness to a beautiful young woman and her family as they go through an extremely difficult circumstance.”
"This girl is going through a heck of a journey and we just feel absolutely privileged that we can do any small thing, just to show them support and kindness during this time,” Ms Wenck said.
A touching message from Heidi Pringle was read out on the night.
"Firstly I apologise for my absence tonight, unfortunately I am unable to attend as I am in Brisbane receiving further treatment,” the message read.
"I couldn't let tonight pass without expressing my heartfelt gratitude to Amanda, Mandy, to all those who have donated, everything from their services to time, items and venue for tonight, bidders and everyone else here.
" I would like to give my utmost appreciation for your amazing generosity, thank you.
"Since being diagnosed, I have received a level of support, kindness and love that I never knew existed,from family, friends, complete strangers and everyone in between.
"These gestures have had the most profound impact on my family life upon which we are sincerely humbled.
"We are so honourably blessed to be surrounded by a community that continues to give an abundance of support and generosity to our family.
"So thank you for seeing me through the toughest time of my life and standing be my me throughout this journey.
"We could not have asked for better people surrounding us during this time and for this we are forever thankful.
"Again we simply say thank you.”