Ravensthorpe auction raises $42000 for family battling cancer

Over 250 people gathered at the Ravensthorpe Entertainment Centre on Saturday, June 9 to raise money for a local family battling cancer.

Residents from the Ravensthorpe community and the Esperance region raised $42000 at an auction for Theresa Francis and her family, as Theresa battles cancer for the second time in five years.

Members from the Ravensthorpe and Districts Football Association put their rivalry aside as they teamed up in support of the Francis family.

Ravensthorpe Tigers Football Club member Gabrielle Major said participants bid on over 40 items at the auction coordinated by Tash Daw, with Scott Major serving as auctioneer. 

A silent auction, chocolate wheel, raffles, a bag of potatoes and cash donations contributed to the funds raised.

Ms Major said businesses from Perth, Albany, Esperance and everywhere in between helped to sponsor the event.

Theresa Francis’ husband Doughy Francis said his family had received ongoing support since they first learnt Theresa’s cancer had returned.

“We recently purchased a small acreage to run some sheep and people have done a grain drive and a hay drive for us,” he said.

“People have offered to help look after the kids.

“When we had to go to Perth to wait for scans they offered to look after our stock and our animals.”

Mr Francis said while the auction was predominately organised by the Ravensthorpe Tigers, it was supported by the other teams who ‘got behind Theresa’. 

“People drove a long way to come and support and people donated from Esperance to Perth,” he said. 

Mr Francis said his family wanted to thank everyone who had supported them and said it had given them ‘great strength’ to know they were not alone.

“It’s such a trying time for all and it has been so overwhelming how everyone has given what they can,” he said.

“All the offers of help, handouts, hand-ups and hugs and kind words of support for Theresa, myself and our family, with all this love we have received at the start of the new direction in our life we know that we are not alone.”