THE people of Orange connected with Sharon and Fred Beuzeville in a special way on Friday night, coming together to raise almost $15,500 to be held in trust for the family and another $2250 for Beyond Blue.
Sharon and Fred sadly lost their son Zac to suicide on July 1 and Fred is battling a terminal cancer diagnosis.
It was an emotional evening as Fred was able to attend in his wheelchair alongside Sharon to see the fantastic community response to support them and Beyond Blue.
Learne Spicer, who organised the event, has been involved in similar fundraisers over the years.
“But I have never seen anything like this response,” she said. “It was amazing - I didn’t have to ask for one prize as everyone came to me with offers.
“Even on the night people were arriving offering prizes,” she said.
Ms Spicer said she would like to extend her heartfelt thanks to those who offered prizes or turned up on the night to take part.
“Anthony Corby organised a fridge for us from Electrolux and it raised $3200 with that great donation,” she said.
Ms Spicer said in many ways the theme of the night was about having fun in the name of a good cause.
“We had heaps of games and activities, which people really got into,” she said.
A highlight of the evening was a performance by young rappers Cane Rodgers and Rick Evans who performed a piece called Shine.
The inspirational song is designed to encourage people always to remain positive, according to Cane.
The guys usually perform under the titled Crooked Cane and Bzerk.
Ms Spicer said arrangements were now under way to place the funds raised into a trust fund.
If you or someone you know is struggling with depression or anxiety call the Beyond Blue helpline on 1300 224 636.