THE Clarence Valley community can pat itself on the back.
Barely a month after the campaign began to raise $20,000 for Parkinson's disease sufferer Debbie Molloy and that sum has been well and truly exceeded with an impressive $25,000 raised.
The money will be used to fund the gap left by Medicare in a $100,000 operation which, it is hoped, will bring some normality to Debbie's life.
The operation, a deep brain stimulation procedure, is scheduled for February 9 at Sydney's Royal North Shore Hospital and Debbie will have to visit Sydney regularly in the following 12 months to have the new box in her chest cavity "tweaked".
Heading the fundraising efforts has been Debbie's friend, Trinette Reimer, who said yesterday fundraising efforts would continue as planned to pay for some of Debbie's follow-up treatment and any excess funds would be given directly to Parkinson's Research Australia.
"Parkinson's is one of those diseases that doesn't get much funding because it doesn't actually kill you," she said.
Mrs Reimer said she had been overwhelmed at the level of support in the community, much of it from people who have not met Debbie.
"My friend Mike (Kennedy) has been selling raffle tickets every Friday night ... and there are plenty of people giving donations who don't want any recognition - one man gave $4000 but doesn't want his name mentioned."
She said the $1000 donation challenge issued by Gone Fishing was well received with Chess Employment Yamba, St Joseph's Cowper, Tradelink, Charcoal Chicken and Ken Casson Holden all meeting the donation.
"Also the tins (placed in high-volume retail shops) have been brilliant, most of them have raised more than $250 each," she said.
Mrs Reimer also acknowledged her dedicated team of fundraisers including Julie Power, Debbie Whitley, Debbie Cox, Hazel Elks and Ashleigh Molloy.
Upcoming fundraisers include:
Hope under the Figtree at Figtree Bed and Breakfast, Eatonsville on January 21 from 10am including music from Nikki and Marty (Heckyl and Jive), a fashion parade and high tea. Tickets from Buckley's Music, Collins Bookshop and Grafton Fast Photos.
Trivia night at the GDSC on February 3 thanks to Helping Hands. Teams of eight, $10 per head. Call Trinette on 0458 911 645 or see the club for bookings.
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