Howlong’s Court House Hotel is holding a fundraiser and auction night on Friday, August 11 to support former Howlong man Darcy Ewing who is fighting for his life in hospital following a go-kart accident on July 28.
Publican Peter Knight said the Ewing family were “part of the family here at The Court House Hotel”.
“When they lived here they would all come down for dinner and a few drinks on a Friday night,” he said.
“Darcy is just the nicest bloke that you will ever meet.
“We wanted to do something to help the family and this is what we have come up with.”
The pub is calling for donations of items or services to be auctioned off on the night.
Donations of money are also welcome as the staff, which includes Darcy’s sister Jacqui, organise the fundraiser to help Darcy’s family continue to run his Albury car modification company, Kurrupt Kustoms.
To get the ball rolling, all proceeds from the pub’s raffles and Joker Poker from last week and this week will go straight into the fund.
The pub is also donating all happy hour pot sales from the past two weeks.
Mr Knight said news of Darcy’s accident travelled fast and the Howlong community were always supportive in a time of need.
“This town has pulled together in the past and I’m looking forward to seeing how much we can pull together now,” he said.
“The previous publican was an auctioneer and he said he would donate his time for the night, so it will be a fair dinkum auction.
“We have flights, B&D roller doors, tickets to Winton Raceway, some AFL framed pictures and this is all after one day of organising.”
Anyone who would like to donate to the auction is asked to deliver items to the pub.
The Free Press spoke to Darcy’s father, Dick, who remains at the Royal Melbourne Hospital by his son’s bedside.
Mr Ewing, who now lives in Lavington, has been left overwhelmed by the community’s support for his 24-year-old son who also now lives in Lavington.
“The response has been amazing, we are blown away by what everyone is doing for our boy,” he said.
“We lived in Howlong for a few years and always went to the Courthouse for fun on a Friday night; they are like family to us down there.”
Mr Ewing described his son as a fighter.
“We have a very long road ahead of us but he is a tough kid and we are hoping to get him home and better as soon as possible,” he said.
Vinn’s Takeaway in Lavington hosted an event on Saturday, August 5 where cars were on display and the day’s takings were donated to Darcy.
Mr Ewin said his family had also been amazed at the amount of money raised on a Go Fund Me page.
Darcy is well-known on the burn-out scene, which has resulted in donations from car enthusiasts across Australia.
His girlfriend wrote on the Go Fund Me page: “Friday the 28th has been the longest and scariest day of my entire life to date and it is one that is certainly not over for any of us yet.
“The full extent of Darc’s injuries at this stage are unknown but what we do know is that there is a very long road ahead of us … but Darcy and I are a team, and he has the most incredible, caring and supportive family here by his side.
“We ask for you to send all your love and support to Darcy in this critical time and thank everyone for the support you have offered us.”
To donate visit www.gofundme.com/fight-for-darcy-teamkurrupt