Port Lincoln supports poker run for Gabriella Preuss

The Port Lincoln community have support a charity poker run and car cruise on Monday to support the Preuss family, sharing the message that "Gabby's Fight is Our Fight".

The 'Poker Run for Gabriella' brought about 120 cars out to take part in the event to support two-year-old Gabriella Preuss who was recently diagnosed with leukaemia.

Participants departed from the Port Lincoln Leisure Centre car park at 10.30am and made their way to five stops along the way to pick up a card.

The event led to the Port Lincoln Dirt Circuit Club where participants enjoyed a lunch cooked by Sweet and Smokey as well as a bake sale before prizes were awarded for the best hand of cards and for car categories.


Organisers Aidan and Brodie Francis said more than $3500 were raised from the car cruise alone which was an amazing result.

"We were stoked with the turnout...it exceeded expectations," Mr Francis said.

The team of 'Grannies', made up of Teresa Morrison, Janet Norris and Pat O'Sullivan finished with the best hand, picking up a straight flush.

Ms Morrison said they were thrilled to have picked up the prize and to have taken part in something for such a good cause which she had a personal link to.

"It was fantastic to see the whole town of Port Lincoln support my cousin Kyl and Shannon Preuss for Gabby," she said.

Many participants proudly wore shirts that showed orange ribbons and said "Gabby's Fight is Our Fight", a show of support for Gabriella and the Preuss family.

Mr and Mrs Preuss attended the event and said they were overwhelmed with the amount of support shown by members of the community and were thankful to everyone who took part.

"We can't believe how much is happening, and how quickly it's happened," Mrs Preuss said.

"A huge thanks to the whole community and to the Port Lincoln Dirt Circuit Club for allowing us to host it here."

Mr Preuss said the family was also thankful to Mr and Mrs Francis for putting the event together.

"Aidan is always there for everyone, especially us (in the) burnout crew," he said.

The money raised will help the Preuss family as Gabriella continues treatment in Adelaide.

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