SO OFTEN you see it, and every time you do, you can’t help but be impressed.
It’s when a community bands together to help someone who’s doing it tough.
And so it was on Saturday night at Leongatha’s Memorial Hall which was full of people who were there to support Varli Blake and her family.
Varli, a police officer, was seriously injured in a bomb blast in January while on duty in Melbourne.
The community banded together for a goods and services auction to raise funds for her family and help with her ongoing recovery.
Varli’s father Tony, a well-known MDU Football Club man, provided the perfect example of how such circumstances bring everyone together, even old rivals, like MDU and Stony Creek.
He spoke of how Stony Creek Footy Club president Neil Cope offered his club’s support immediately, with a portion of the funds raised from the Lions’ successful rodeo set aside to help.
Tony, a cab driver at Phillip Island, also told of a 92 year-old pensioner who he drives around Cowes who insisted on donating $50 to the cause.
Organisers of Saturday’s auction were hoping to raise $15,000. They reached $30,000.
And if the Blake family are inspired by the community, the community should prepare to be inspired by Varli.
It was revealed on Saturday night that she is determined to return to the police force. She also has her sights set on a half marathon before the end of this year. Go Varli!