Small town raises more than $36,000 to help injured logger
RAISING more than $36,000 for the father of three who lost his right leg in a logging accident was a massive feat for the Urbenville community, but it came naturally to the tight-knit tiny town.
More than 500 people turned out to the fundraiser last weekend for Troy Hill, who is recovering in Sydney's Prince of Wales Hospital.
Troy almost died while working before Christmas when his leg was impaled by a random falling tree.
Colleen Scofield from the Urbenville Progress Association said the fundraiser was a huge effort by the community and paid off in spades.
"Donations just flooded in," she said.
"Everyone we sent a letter out to replied to us.
"We wrote to them all asking if they wanted to donate a prize or a cash donation, and they all replied in full.
"In all we had over 90 prizes donated."
She said the initial hope was to raise about $13,000, and jokingly pointing out that if Lismore was to raise an equivalent amount ($36,500) relative to its population, it would be something like $3.65 million.
"When you think a small country town about 240 people and 10 of us who organised it; it was great," she said.
Lifelong friends phoned Troy during the night of the fundraiser and Mrs Scofield said it was an "emotional" conversation with a "few tears" shed by everyone.
Mrs Scofield thanked the whole community.
"We all know everyone; and when you've lived in the area all your life you're part of it."
"When anyone's down people get behind them."