THE countdown is on in the lead-up to Gympie barrel racing competitors Kathy Kunst and Tamika Anderson flying out to America to compete in the National Barrel Horse Association (NBHA) World Championships.
Helping the pair fund the trip, where they will proudly fly the green and gold, is Gary Spellman – a master hypnotist.
Spellman is hosting a second show, and while back by popular demand, a share of the proceeds raised on the night will go directly to helping Kunst and Anderson fund their dream trip to compete in America.
Kunst will be competing in the NBHA World Open Championships in Georgia come October while Anderson will travel to Jackson, Mississippi, in late July for the NBHA World Youth Championships. This year will be the second time Anderson has received Australian representative honours.
The pair is excited to have Spellman on board in their ongoing fundraising efforts, which have included raffles and a sausage sizzle in the car park of the newly opened Betta Electrical store.
In fact, it was during the sausage sizzle at Betta Electrical that Spellman first learned of what Anderson and Kunst were preparing to do.
Anderson’s mother Kerrie said she couldn’t believe how things had worked out.
“Gary happened to be in the store at the time and had read an article in The Gympie Times about the girls,” she said.
“He approached us and offered to do another show to raise funds.
“It’s just amazing how it has all come together.”
The second Spellman show will take place at the Gympie Pines Golf Course on May 1 at 7.45pm.
Tickets cost $22 and may be purchased by contacting Spellcorp on 0439 696 909.
The Gympie Times, meanwhile, is running a competition with 10 tickets to the show up for grabs.
Look for an entry coupon in the paper to enter. Entries close April 29 at 10am.
In yet another boost to the girls’ fundraising efforts, John Jeffries from Betta Electrical has again stepped up to the plate in offering a flat screen television to be raffled on the night of the Spellman show.
Kerrie was overwhelmed with the generosity and willingness of others in helping out.
“It’s just incredible,” she said.
“The community has been so generous and (it) really gives us a warm feeling thinking of the response we’ve had.”