Russian MS treatment for Irene a big gig closer

Wayne and Irene Trezise with their children Tegan, Dylan and Tanisha.

Wayne and Irene Trezise with their children Tegan, Dylan and Tanisha.

A HUGE line-up of entertainment at the Wolumla Hotel on Saturday is helping raise money for Irene Trezise’s medical treatment.

Ms Trezise is heading to Russia in five weeks to undergo hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) at the Moscow clinic of Dr Ivan Fedorenko.

It is a costly trip, but the entire community has been getting behind fundraising efforts for Ms Trezise, husband Wayne and their three children.

This Saturday, the Wolumla Hotel is hosting the latest fundraiser with a host of entertainment for only a gold coin entry fee.

With seven bands performing, children’s activities including a jumping castle and face-painting, and an auction with some amazing items on offer, “A Day on the Green for Irene” is sure to entertain the whole family.

Some of the auction items up for grabs include a one-hour scenic flight, 12 tonnes of topsoil delivered, a week’s accommodation at Merimbula’s Sapphire Valley Caravan Park, $1000 worth of artwork donated by a local gallery, heaps of tools donated by Mitre 10, plus a whole lot more.

Live music will run non-stop from 2pm until the hotel closes and a courtesy bus is also available – call the Wolumla Hotel for details.

Mr Trezise said they need close to $60,000 to fully cover the cost of Irene’s Russian treatment, but thanks to a generous community just under $40,000 has already been raised.

“We just can’t thank the local community enough – it would be tough to handle without all this support,” he said.

“This all came about when a couple of friends found out what we were planning and said ‘no, you shouldn’t have to pay for it all yourself’.

“Now people all over Australia are helping us with fundraising.”

A Day on  the Green for Irene gets underway at the Wolumla Hotel from 2pm Saturday.

Another fundraising event is planned for September 6 – a week before Ms Trezise flies out. More details to come.

To donate to the cause, visit www.gofundme.com/8hczaw

A fundraising account has also been set up at St George Bank in Irene Trezise’s name for those who wish to support her journey - contact the Bega or Merimbula branch for details.

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