Communities come together to help out a local family

A charity fundraiser for Glenn Spinks (well known to many as ‘Spinksey’) was hosted by the COHOES Old Boys football club at the Cobar Bowling & Golf Club on Saturday night. The event, to help out Glenn and his family with his ongoing medical expenses, raised over $100,000 through dinner ticket sales, auctions, raffles and generous
donations. Pictured are Glenn’s sporting and work mates and family members.
  Gary Martin, Nik Kosef, Joel Thompson, Jim Hanlon and Warren ‘Rainbow’ Clark (both from Ivanhoe) and Michael Prince.
The highest earning auction item, a Taylor Swift signed guitar, which sold for $8,900
Bill Fugar, Bryce Moore, Gary Martin, John Goonrey and Chris Condon.
Mathew ‘Nod’ Gordon, Nick de Bruin, Russell Gordon and Roger Mitchell.



The Cobar, Ivanhoe and wider communities came together on Saturday night at the Cobar Bowling & Golf club to fundraise and pay tribute to a “sensational man who everyone holds in high regard”, Glenn ‘Spinksey’ Spinks.

Glenn’s eldest daughter Lisa Travis explained that her father suffered an aneurism on Australia Day this year and underwent extensive surgery in Melbourne.

She said Glenn had surprised many people, as statistically only two percent of patients survive this type of injury, but he pulled through.

“The fact that he’s still here with us is incredible,” Lisa said.

“It has however left him with an acquired brain injury.”

After a long ICU stay, Glenn has some permanent effects on his mobility and speech and is now in rehabilitation in Albury (near family).

Glenn now has a long journey of rehabilitation ahead of him, but he has the support of his family.

He also has the support of the Cobar, Ivanhoe and wider communities, with which Glenn has many sporting connections.

Glenn’s cousin, Tony Kearney, read out a message from Glenn’s wife Kerry at Saturday’s dinner.

“We are overwhelmed with support and generosity that we have already received for our family,” Kerry wrote.

“We don’t know what the future holds for Glenn but we know that he has two beautiful communities cheering him on and helping him on his long road to recovery.

“As Glenn would always say: ‘Why would you wanna live anywhere else’.”

Hosted by the COHOES Cobar and Ivanhoe Old Boys Football Club (of which Glenn is a valued member), the evening raised over $100,000 through dinner ticket sales, an auction of various sporting and memorabilia items (which raised over $60,000), raffles and generous donations.

Glenn’s mates paid tribute to his generosity, his strong community spirit, his willingness to help others and for being a man who is “a champion on and off the sporting field”.