Big names get behind an extremely good cause

EVERYBODY from rock singer Pink to the South Sydney Rabbitohs has thrown their weight behind the 16th Elly Stig Memorial Golf Day and Auction on Sunday, January 4.

To be held at Nambucca Heads Island Golf Club, the event is poised to break through the quarter million dollar barrier of funds raised for the Children's Cancer Institute, to continue research into childhood illness.

While enjoying the golf day, sponsored by the Enterprise and Training Company (ETC), is important most interest centres on the high quality memorabilia to be auctioned.

And the stories about how the organising committee headed by Ray Stig and Merle Tuckey managed to gather them in becomes more intriguing every year.

“I know how big the singer Pink has become but we were all shocked when one of Ray's grandkids managed to organise a framed picture from her last Australian tour,” Tuckey said.

“It's something music fans will find attractive and should fit right in with the big range of sporting items.”

Queensland's Former Origin Greats (FOGS) organisation has increased its support with Allan 'Alfie' Langer signing up as the day's special guest.

AFL boss Andrew Demetriou has brought his organisation on board while most NRL participants, headed by the South Sydney Rabbitohs, have increased their commitment.

Racing identities Lee Freedman, Gai Waterhouse and Ingham Enterprises also take pleasure in personal involvement every January.

“The late Barry Gommersall's son grabbed the Origin jumper and headed up to Brisbane, promising to get this group I'd never heard of, the FOGS, to sign it,” Tuckey laughed.

“As soon as I saw Mal Meninga's name I knew what it was about.”

Casey Stoner's mum leaned on her famous son for his MotoGP shirt and Nambucca local Lindel Townend, in Dubai for the tennis, persuaded some famous names including Rafael Nadal to support the day.

The family of St George great Billy Wilson, a former Nambucca publican, offered rare, original photos from the Dragons premierships in 1949 and 1956.

“One of our Coffs Coast Advocate readers saw the story about last year's Elly Stig Memorial Day in the paper and contacted me to say she used to work for Michael Campbell,” Tuckey added.

“Next thing, she donated his shirt from winning the 2005 US Golf Open and we think this will become one of the most soughtafter items in the auction.”

Match bookings for the four-person ambrose are now open at the golf shop or clubhouse at Nambucca Heads Island Golf Club for a shotgun start.

Cost is $10 per person which includes lunch, with the auction commencing around 1.30pm.

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