By Russ Green/Richmond News
Once again, the community of Richmond has stepped up to the plate.
The Team Derek Fundraiser held Saturday at Richmond High School is close to its goal in raising money to help the C.E. Goodall family. Goodall is a former editor at the Richmond News and public works employee for the city of Richmond. Even after being gone from Richmond for a few years, Goodall’s former hometown came together to help with the medical expenses for his son Derek, a 2008 RHS grad, who has been in ICU since Christmas Eve with complications due to Acute Pancreatitis.
“We still have just about 100 shirts remaining to be sold,” said Terry Dickey, one of the event organizers. “If we sell them, we’ve reached our goal. I’ve had some people who charged me for some stuff, call me yesterday and told me to come and get my money back.”
Dickey said it was a great day – but a long one. The day began with 39 runners participating in the 5K run/walk at 9 a.m. and didn’t end until a dance in the RHS gym with music provided by K&C DJ Services later that evening.
Dickey said Richmond never ceases to amaze him.
“This community is awesome,” he said. “We fight amongst ourselves and bicker at each other, but when it comes time to take care of our own, we just band together. Everybody pitched in and got it done. Everybody was very receptive and generous with their time and resources.”