Legacy of Ross lives on with fundraiser to fight cancer

IN MEMORY: A fundraiser will be held at Taroom on May 24 in memory of Ross Coonan.
IN MEMORY: A fundraiser will be held at Taroom on May 24 in memory of Ross Coonan. Contributed

FIVE years have passed since Ross Coonan died, but his legacy lives on.

The harvesting identity finally succumbed on May 22, 2009, after a courageous battle with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

In his honour, and for families confronting the battle of their lives, daughter Sueanne Gregg is among the organisers of a fundraiser, Captain Coonan's Catch a Cure for Leukemia Night.

The function planned for May 24 at Taroom Town Hall will be overflowing with entertainment, humour and the chaance to raise funds for the battle against cancer.

Among the more interesting offerings in the silent auctions is the chance for guests to name a character in a forthcoming novel by Tony Parkes.

Holidays, Akubras and ride-on mowers are among the other great prizes and items being offered.

Several volunteers will also shave off their hair, with one going so far as a full-body wax.

"The momentum has just taken off," Mrs Gregg said.

"It's never really a good time to have a fundraiser. If it's not a drought it would probably be a flood, but there will never be a good time for cancer."

The evening is meant to reflect the entertaining and charismatic personality of Mr Coonan while raising funds for the disease that took him from his loving family and community.

This fundraiser event is for all ages to enjoy.

Tickets will be available before the night or at the door.

For more information visit www.captaincoonansnight.wordpress.com.