About 250 people opened their hearts and their wallets at the Clifton Rugby Club on Saturday night to raise funds for Tiaan Jarman.
A total of $12,300 was raised for the son of former Taranaki rugby player Richard Jarman, who was diagnosed with bone cancer about a month ago.
The family is currently at Starship children's hospital in Auckland where Tiaan, 12, will have three months of chemotherapy, followed by an operation to remove a tumour from his leg, and a further six months chemotherapy.
Members of the Clifton club, where Jarman used to play his rugby, pulled the event together in under three weeks after finding out about Tiaan.
Organiser Dinnie Moeahu said he was blown away at the support shown.
"It was amazing. Much more than what we could ever have hoped for. The generosity of everyone was just unbelievable."
Moeahu said they had a mountain of stuff to auction off on the night, including a leather rugby ball signed by the World Cup winning All Blacks, which went for $800.
Golf, rugby and entertainment packages were also up for grabs, and a topless waiter auction proved a highlight of the night.
Jarman's brother Andrew attended the event to represent the family and give them regular updates on how the evening was going.
Moeahu said Tiaan's uncle was presented with an over-sized cheque at the end of the evening which showed the total takings.
"It was really quite emotional when we told everyone the final amount. It was an overwhelming feeling for all of those who were involved," he said.
The Jarman family could not believe what the Taranaki community had done, said Moeahu, and wished to thank all sponsors, the rugby club, and those who attended.
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