Singleton Showground to host Cuddle Your Kids fundraiser this Saturday

IN TRIBUTE: The community has raised the target total of $50,000 for the victims of the Brittliffe Close fire only seven hours after a GoFundMe page was created this morning. Picture: Marina Neil
IN TRIBUTE: The community has raised the target total of $50,000 for the victims of the Brittliffe Close fire only seven hours after a GoFundMe page was created this morning. Picture: Marina Neil

The Singleton Showground will play host to the Cuddle Your Kids fundraiser this Saturday from 10am in the wake of the recent Brittliffe Close fire tragedy.

On the morning of Wednesday, June 26, Singleton residents woke up to the news of the house fire which saw three children tragically killed.

Caitlyn Stemmer embarked on a mission that same day, establishing a GoFundMe page to aid the victims which raised $50,000 from 1124 donors by 6.09pm that evening.

"When I found out about the news, I was shocked and there was some disbelief," she told the Singleton Argus she said that Wednesday.

CUDDLE YOUR KIDS: The highly anticipated fundraiser takes place this Saturday at the Singleton Showground.

CUDDLE YOUR KIDS: The highly anticipated fundraiser takes place this Saturday at the Singleton Showground.

"I just didn't know what to do really, I wanted to help as much as possible straight away."

That tally has now reached$273,165 from5,034 donors.

And this weekend she, along with fellow event organisers Courtney Standing, Danielle Davy and Courtney Farrugia, hope to add to funds through the form of a highly anticipated gathering at the Singleton Showground.

"The big focus will be on helping the (surviving) victims Chris (Rinkin), Kara and Bayley (Atkins) give back to the community by donating 50% of funds raised this weekend to the Ronald McDonald house John Hunter," Stemmer added this afternoon.

"The Darlington Rural Fire Brigade, The Wandering Gypsy Caravan Bar, Bulga Tavern and other businesses have come together to make this event happen.

"The MRS Services Group will also be a major sponsor on the day."