Locals raised $7000 for Shontae Dennis, 2, who suffers from Retts Syndrome, at a charity afternoon yesterday held at the Young Australian Hotel.
Locals raised $7000 for Shontae Dennis, 2, who suffers from Retts Syndrome, at a charity afternoon yesterday held at the Young Australian Hotel. Brenda Strong

$7k raised for Shontae

AUSSIE spirit was on full display yesterday at the Young Australian Hotel, as people dug deep to the tune of $7000 for a fundraiser.

The charity afternoon was held for Shontae Denniss, who has Rett Syndrome.

Young Australian Hotel social club president Bob Wood said he was happier than a pig in the proverbial with the response.

“It's been beyond all expectations,” he said.

As well as 75 prizes raffled, three NRL jumpers were auctioned and brought in well over $3000, the Cowboys limited edition fetching $1350.

Michelle Denniss, Shontae's mother, received a surprise on Saturday — a $200 donation from a church group, and this vein continued yesterday.

“People were coming in off the street and giving donations,” Mrs Denniss said.

Shontae's grandmother Maree Grice was overwhelmed. “I'm absolutely stoked, walking the streets was well worth it,” she said.

“I can't thank the community, the hotel and social club, and friends enough; it's been awesome.”



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