The town of Seymour and surrounds will soon celebrate the first annual Justin’s Day event, in memory of Justin Quigg, who lost his battle with melanoma cancer in 2016.
Held on November 18 and 19, Justin’s Day will feature live music, a motorbike ride, a high tea, a string of children’s activities, and a major raffle, with proceeds going to support families under palliative care in Seymour.
Justin’s Day committee member, Lisa Ferguson, said the motivation to launch this annual event was the success of the fundraiser held for Mr Quigg and his family in 2015.
‘‘Justin had a terminal diagnosis of melanoma, so the town got together and had the first Justin’s Day at the Royal Hotel, and that money went to Justin and his family being able to travel to the north-east coast of Australia and tick off an item from Justin’s bucket list that he wouldn’t have been able to do otherwise,’’ she said.
‘‘In his true spirit, Justin never thought the melanoma was going to beat him, and so after that day he wanted to be able have a day every year to go towards a local family that was suffering from adversity as his family was.
‘‘So with Justin’s Day this year, half the money we raise will go straight to the Melanoma Institute of Australia, and the other half will go to the Seymour Palliative Care Team, to go to a young family, to help them go through their journey a little bit easier, or tick something off their bucket list.’’
Ms Ferguson said the committee had received positive feedback from the community so far regarding their desire to help the local palliative care team.
‘‘We have been so overwhelmed by the generosity of local families and businesses with their donations and their support of Justin’s Day, some people have just blown us away,’’ she said.
The Justin’s Day weekend will be held on November 18 and 19 at the Royal Hotel, with tickets to the family day available for $10/person or $30/family.
For more information phone Kelly on 0457959287, Lisa on 0411345110 or Tracey on 0409352368.