Andrew ‘Red’ McClymont was welcomed home by the Gravesend community last Saturday where the Gravesend Campdraft with the help from Gravesend Cricket Club and Gravesend P and C Association presented the family the cheque of $20,000.
This amount was raised from the Campdraft held back at the start of November as well as an additional $3,000 from the monster raffle that began when Red started his journey with Guillian-Barre Syndrome that then developed into chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, $2,850 from the auction and the proceeds from the bar and barbecue from Saturday.
Ellie-May spoke to the Gwydir News about how these fundraising initiatives have taken a strain off the family, helping with the travelling costs to Tamworth for his IVIG that he may require for the rest of his life as well as purchasing home exercising equipment to continue his rehabilitation. “The atmosphere was overwhelming on Saturday and the support has been unreal,” said Ellie- May, Andrew’s wife.
“To see everything there and all the prizes that people had donated, especially since everyone is struggling with this prolonged drought; it is just amazing.”
The McClymont family would like to thank every single person who have helped, supported or participated in any way including those involved in the campdraft, cricket fun day, or have sent personal messages. “Thank you from the bottom of our hearts; we can’t thank you enough,” said Ellie-May.