Veronica Ali’s 2020 fundraising campaign for Huntington’s Disease has officially wrapped after she successfully passed the $5000 mark, surpassing last year’s impressive total by around $1000.
Funds were raised through donations from Walk 4 Hope participants, community members and a $1300 contribution from Manning Lakes Bowling Club where Veronica’s son Chris is a member.
Last month’s Walk 4 Huntington’s which was held at Bingara’s Gwydir Oval was well attended within the capped numbers COVID restrictions allowed. The walk was the first official event held by Huntington’s NSW ACT outside a major city and was prompted by Veronica’s insistence that COVID-19 would not hold her back from her efforts.
Participants completed eight laps of the oval before the group moved on to the Bingara RSL where thanks to the wonderful support of local people Veronica was able host six raffles. Prizes donated included a hand-made wooden fire-truck from Garry Barrett, vouchers for Dewberry Lane, men’s and ladies gift and toiletry packs and make-up.
“I would like to thank everyone, especially the Bingara RSL for their ongoing support, Lenore from Dewberry Lane who gives so much and the township of Bingara. Hopefully we can have another walk in Bingara,” said Veronica, who is passionate about not only raising funds, but spreading the word on what the disease is.
“There is a lot of cases north of Newcastle and no one seems to know about the disease. Well, now everyone in Bingara knows.”