BY A SNOUT: Neil Duddy and Eithen Leard, 10, are all set for the upcoming pig race to raise funds for the Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association’s wheelchair basketball development program.
BY A SNOUT: Neil Duddy and Eithen Leard, 10, are all set for the upcoming pig race to raise funds for the Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association’s wheelchair basketball development program. David Nielsen

Pigs may fly in pub benefit

THE Commercial Hotel Redbank will host a fundraiser with a difference this weekend, as miniature pigs race for ultimate glory for a very good cause.

Event organiser Neil Duddy said there would be a pig auction before each race, with half the money going towards prizes and the other half towards the development of local junior wheelchair basketball players.

"This is the third time we've held the event and it's always a lot of fun," he said.

"We have miniature pigs that are very cute and they get rewarded every time they perform.

"We'll also have plenty of raffles and prizes throughout the day."

Peak Crossing local, 10-year-old Eithen Leard, has been playing wheelchair basketball since he was just three years old and is one of the young sportspeople who will be helped by the Redbank fundraiser.

"Wheelchair basketball is an expensive sport to take part in. The wheelchair alone is $6000," his mother Katrina Leard said.

"It's important to support it because the sport helps give these kids as many opportunities as possible in life.

"Eithen was the shyest boy before he started playing and it's given him the confidence to know it's okay to be different and that there is still a bright future for him.

"He intends to go to the Paralympics and compete with the Australian Rollers, so he's got big dreams."

The fundraiser will be held at the Commercial Hotel Redbank, 72 Brisbane Rd, Redbank, from 1pm.

For further details phone the hotel on 3818 2500.


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