Shark bite fundraiser tops $11,000

Busselton Dunsborough Times
Some of the raffle and auction items.
Camera IconSome of the raffle and auction items. Credit: Supplied.

A fundraiser organised for Margaret River surfer Alex Travaglini after a shark attack at Cobblestones last Monday has raised more than $11,000.

Held at The Common on Friday night, more than 700 tickets were sold for the event, with 500 raffle tickets selling out within the first two hours.

A range of prizes donated by surfers, the World Surf League and Margaret River Pro event sponsors were raffled and auctioned at the event and included items such as John John Florence’s signed competition surfboard, which fetched $2000, while Julian Wilson’s surfboard and rash vest were auctioned for $1450 and Stephanie Gilmore’s rash vest sold for $510.

Surfing WA also donated $1000.

The money is in addition to more than $15,000 which has already been raised via a GoFund Me account, with funds raised to help pay for living and medical expenses including operations, physiotheraphy, counsellors and transport to Perth to see specialists. The page said Mr Travaglini was also hoping to work with experts to study behaviour and increasing shark attacks and he would donate a portion of all proceeds to research.

To donate to the cause, visit gofundme.com/sharkattackalex.

PICTURES:

Gemma Osborn and Andrew St Clair.
Camera IconGemma Osborn and Andrew St Clair. Credit: Pierra Willix
Terry Greghen and Eddie Kilgallon.
Camera IconTerry Greghen and Eddie Kilgallon. Credit: Pierra Willix
Sunny Hardy and Mandy Grimwood.
Camera IconSunny Hardy and Mandy Grimwood. Credit: Pierra Willix.
Julio Massa and Fabian Haegele.
Camera IconJulio Massa and Fabian Haegele. Credit: Pierra Willix.
Amy Tulp, Madison Black and Alistair Black.
Camera IconAmy Tulp, Madison Black and Alistair Black. Credit: Pierra Willix.
Sasha Pol, Samson Low and Tawny Leicester.
Camera IconSasha Pol, Samson Low and Tawny Leicester. Credit: Pierra Willix.
Evelien Jongejan, Denise van Schie and Amali Hemmingson.
Camera IconEvelien Jongejan, Denise van Schie and Amali Hemmingson. Credit: Pierra Willix
Val and Peter Carroll.
Camera IconVal and Peter Carroll. Credit: Pierra Willix
Mark Clift and Yolanda Roe.
Camera IconMark Clift and Yolanda Roe. Credit: Pierra Willix.
Auction winner Nathan Home with the John John Florence surfboard.
Camera IconAuction winner Nathan Home with the John John Florence surfboard. Credit: Supplied.
Auctioneer Tony Breen with Gemma Osborne holding the John John Florence surfboard.
Camera IconAuctioneer Tony Breen with Gemma Osborne holding the John John Florence surfboard. Credit: Supplied.

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