EVERYTHING but the kitchen sink is up for grabs.

Guitars to Christmas baubles. Boat hires to photoshoots. Local artwork and even a stallion for next year's breeding season.

One Facebook comment and it could be yours.

The Facebook auction organised for local boy Ben Jessen has been an overnight success.

Little Ben was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in August.

It's been a tough few months both emotionally and financially for Ben's family.

So the owner of the Koorawatha Homestead Motel in Bororen, Michelle Koorn has joined with another friend, Jude Maree, to organise the Facebook auction to raise money for Ben's parents, Renee and Richard.

So far they have received close to $15,000 worth of donations from people and business across the region. People from as far as Victoria have even donated towards the cause.

"It's overwhelming," Mrs Koorn said.

"People have been so generous."

Even now, they are still receiving donations.

Bid for Ben

  • The Facebook auction is set to start tonight from 9pm and will run through to next Friday night.
  • The last comment bid at the end of the week will win.
  • If you can donate email Michelle at khmotel@gmail.com
  • Find the Facebook page here


About Ben

IT'S been a tough few months for the Jessen family.

Two-year-old Ben was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in August.

Since then, their lives have become a blur of hospitals, doctors appointments and treatment plans.

After numerous lumbar punctures, bone marrow aspirations and chemotherapy, Ben was declared in remission at the end of September but will receive treatment for at least three more years.

He is in the "interim maintenance" stage of treatment, receiving chemotherapy every 10 days. On December 16 he will begin an array of chemotherapy treatments over four weeks.

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