By Joel van der Veen
DAVIDSON — When she and her husband Peter pulled up at Davidson Town Hall the night of April 25, Betsie Leach figured they must have gotten the date wrong.
“I thought there might be a wedding on, with all the cars parked there,” she told the Leader last week.
As it turned out, hundreds of people were there for them.
“We are still speechless about it,” she said. “We can’t believe it.”
The Leaches were the guests of honour at a steak supper held that night, which raised more than $8,200 to support them.
The husband and wife, who reside in Davidson, have both been off of work for the last several months as they deal with ongoing health concerns.
Dana Billett, who organized the event with Lindsay Cross, said they began planning for the fundraiser in late March.
“We just thought they could use a little bit of extra support,” Billett explained.
Co-workers, friends and other residents stepped up, donating food, auction and raffle items, and volunteering their time and effort.
Western Sales donated the food for the main course, Homemade Goodness donated macaroni salad and the United Church ladies contributed the desserts.
The Kinsmen donated the use of their barbecue while Riverbend Co-op provided the propane. Many others volunteered to set up, clean up and run the event. Dozens of items were donated for the silent auction and raffle tables.
Billett said 240 tickets were pre-sold, while many who couldn’t attend made donations in support of the Leaches.
“There isn’t a person that Lindsay or I sold a ticket to who didn’t mention how sweet or kind or caring Betsie is all of the time,” said Billett. “Everyone was willing to help out and support them just on that alone.”
The Leaches, originally from South Africa, moved to Davidson in October 2014 after Peter accepted a position at Western Sales.
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