Howlong’s Court House Hotel raised an astounding $13,532 from a recent fundraiser and auction night to support former Howlong man Darcy Ewing who is undergoing rehabilitation following a go-kart accident on July 28.
Publican Peter Knight was overwhelmed by the turn-out on August 11.
“The pub was crowded with people who all knew Darcy in one way or another - there must have been about 150 people here,” Mr Knight told the Free Press.
“It just goes to show how well-liked he is.”
Darcy was placed in an induced coma at the Royal Melbourne Hospital following the go-kart accident and remains in Melbourne after recently starting his rehabilitation.
Mr Knight said the money raised by the Court House Hotel would go towards medical costs, as well as helping Darcy’s family continue to run his Albury car modification company, Kurrupt Kustoms.
Darcy’s family also set up a Go Fund Me page that raised $18,640 in a matter of weeks thanks to the generosity of the wider community.
The Court House Hotel had all staff members on duty during the night of the auction, wearing #teamkurrupt t-shirts in support of Darcy.
The highlight of the night was an auction that raised about $10,000 thanks to donated goods.
“We had phone call after phone call from people wanting to donate items for the auction,” Mr Knight said.
“The support we received for the night was nothing short of amazing.
“We wish Darcy all the best as he continues on his road to recovery, he has a big journey ahead of him but he has a lot of people around that have his back.”
Meanwhile, a series of raffles, joker poker proceeds, and happy hour sales raised a further $2000 for the cause.
The remainder of the money was raised through the sale of stickers featuring #teamkurrupt on them and stubby holders with a photo of Darcy on the front.