The South Football Club is holding a special fundraiser for Corey McKenzie and his family.
South player Corey McKenzie was hospitalised following a fight the evening after St Patrick’s Day that saw him struck on the back of the head and left unconscious on the ground.
McKenzie was flown to the Royal Adelaide Hospital and has since woken up, but the family have a number of expenses they now need to cover.
The South Football Club will hold a garage sale at their clubhouse next weekend, the day after Agfair.
Club president Scott Sanford said people can donate items for the sale in the days beforehand.
“If anyone wants anything picked up we can do that as well; if it’s too big we’ve got a trailer so we can pick them up, they just need to contact us to do it,” Mr Sanford said.
We’re creating a Facebook event page which will be one of the main sources of information and we’ll be advertising it around town too,” he said.
“We’ll have a sausage sizzle on the day and drinks for sale, and all money from that and the garage sale will go to the McKenzie family.”
A variety of items will be available during the garage sale, ranging from toys, books, household items and furniture, and second-hand clothes.
South member and friend of Corey McKenzie, Luke Hendry is helping organise the day, and said they’d also be approaching some local businesses to see if they’d be willing to donate any old stock.
“A lot of people will have items they want to get rid of, but they don’t have enough to hold their own garage sale, so this is a good chance to get rid of those items and donate to a good cause,” Mr Hendry said.
“Anything we don’t sell will go to one of the charity shops in town so one way or another it’s going to go to a good cause.
“The club is covering any costs from the day, we’re not using any of the money made to recover costs, it’s going straight to the family.”
He said donations to the McKenzie family will also come out of the Club’s proceeds from AgFair.
The South Football Club manages entry at the gate of the event, with AgFair providing a donation to the club in thanks.
Mr Hendry said that donation will be given to the McKenzie family.
“Jared Philpott is running that and he still needs some people for the Friday shift to help out from 9am to 2.30,” he said.
“AgFair gives us a donation for managing gate entry, last year it was about $1,000 and we’ll be donating that to the family too.
“Jared can be contacted on 0408 499 126.”
The garage sale will be a whole of community event where people can come along and ‘snaffle a bargain’ while helping out a family, according to Mr Sanford.
“All the clubs, in times of need like this, work together. This is bigger than football and everyone knows Corey and the family,” Mr Sanford said.
“We don’t want this to be a South thing we want it to be a community event, and after all one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”