$20,000 to send soccer team to Special Olympics

LOCKS LOPPED: James Coles was only too happy to part with his dreadlocks on Saturday night with the help of hairdresser, Shae McCoy. Some $2000 was raised just by James’ effort, helping ensure local soccer players can participate in the Special Olympics. PHOTO: Kylie Wilson

THE seven local soccer players participating in the Australian Special Olympics next month have received a massive boost, with just under $20,000 raised to help them on their journey.

The total astounded organisers of the fundraiser, which culminated with a dinner at the Gateway Hotel on Saturday night.

Among those to help out was Wangaratta’s James Coles, who raised $2000 by parting with his dreadlocks.

Organiser, Jade Salmon, said they had hoped to raise $10,000 and that the extra money would ensure the players could have new boots and other luxury items they otherwise wouldn’t have been able to afford.

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