By Tricia Mifsud
Kilmore resident Chloe Vines raised more than $3550 to support research for Huntington’s disease at an auction on Saturday night.
Chloe hosted the fundraiser at Kilmore Racing Club to help Huntington’s Victoria research a cure for the disease.
Businesses both in the area and across Australia donated items for the night that were either auctioned off or part of raffle hampers.
Barry Plant’s Brendan Flynn and Kieran Knight were the auctioneers, providing laughs while getting everyone to dig deep and support Huntington’s Victoria.
Kilmore Racing Club provided the venue for free, while Barry Plant offered further support by donating the food served on the evening.
Ms Vines thanked all those who were able to make the event possible, and to her friends, family and community members who attended the auction.
“The fundraiser was absolutely amazing, and it was great to see so many people come together to raise awareness for Huntington’s disease,” she said.
“I am grateful for everyone who came and to all the amazing businesses that donated.”
Huntington’s disease is an inherited disease that causes a slow degeneration of the nerve brain cells. With no cure, and no more funding available by the government for research, Ms Vines took it upon herself to host the event and do her part in the search for a cure.
Ms Vines’ grandmother and uncle were both diagnosed and have passed away from the disease. Every child who is conceived naturally by someone who has Huntington’s disease has a one in two chance of two inheriting the disease.
Huntington’s Disease Awareness Month, in May, features various events to fundraise, including ‘going blue’ on Saturday, encouraging people to dress-up, dye their hair, decorate their house, or share their support on social media.
To find out more about Huntington’s disease or to make a donation, visit huntingtonsvic.org.au.