Raising funds easy as ABC

Updated April 18 2018 - 10:08pm, first published September 20 2011 - 6:00pm

THE ABC and Canberra community were out en masse in a show of support for ABC colleagues Chris Kimball and Mark ''Baldy'' Jennings at a fundraiser for the two cancer patients on Monday night. The event at Ainslie Football club raised a significant sum, but newsreader Julian Abbott asked that the figure remain undisclosed for now so that it could be a surprise for its beneficiaries. The evening, a trivia night, had 300 guests, among them Kimball and Jennings's families and friends, but also Chief Minister Katy Gallagher and her deputy Andrew Barr; Opposition Leader Zed Seselja; and MLA Brendan Smyth; and ACTEW chairman John McKay. One auction item, a tour of the new Cotter dam site, fetched $8000. A number of ABC personalities presented rounds of questions, among them Alex Sloan, Greg Bayliss and Ross Solly. Abbott said the money would go into an ABC welfare fund and a committee would decide how to distribute it to benefit Kimball and Jennings. ''We can't help medically, but we can show we value them as friends and can help them through this period that isn't very easy,'' Abbott said.

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