A fundraiser held for Nambucca Valley local boy Ollie Hawkes raises $16,000

Organisers of the fundraiser for Ollie. L-R Tamara Urquhart, Alicia Parry, Judy Ward, and Tanya Sawtell. Absent was Kylee Smith.


OVER two hundred Nambucca Valley locals came out for a fabulous fundraising night at the Macksville Ex Services Club on Friday 28 in honour of Ollie Hawkes.

Ollie suffered a stroke and was diagnosed with Moyamoya earlier this year.

The event consisted of raffles, auctions and fun family games to raise money for the local young man’s recovery.

Event co-organiser Tamara Urquhart told News Of The Area, “Even though the check says $15,605.25, one of the people who bought one of the jerseys up for auction bid six hundred dollars, but wanted to donate another four hundred, bringing the total to $16,000.00.”

Many local businesses in the Nambucca Valley donated prizes for the raffles and the auction.

“The number of people that contributed to this event was amazing,” Tamara said.

Paul Ireland was the MC for the night and did a fantastic job.

There were three signed football Jerseys donated to the event for auction.

One was donated from the local Bowraville Tigers Rugby League Club along with some other memorabilia.

The other two jerseys, Tamara arranged to have signed by the Rabbitohs and the Queensland State of Origin football team.

Ollie is doing well with his rehabilitation.

Even though he is still down at Westmead he has moved into the family residence at Ronald McDonald House.

In regards to his rehabilitation, Tamara said, “Ollie is a very strong and determined kid, he just keeps pushing.”

“He is just loving going to school.”

Congratulations to all who attended, donated on the night, and were involved in the fabulous fundraisers.

A special thanks to the event organisers, Tamara Urquhart, Judy Ward, Alicia Parry, Kylee Smith and Tanya Sawtell.



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