Busker reaches her fundraising target

SAM’S THE MAN: Actor Samuel Johnson has helped Bright’s Mel Yeates reach her goal of raising $20,000 for charity. The busker has set a new target of $100,000.

A GOAL to raise $20,000 in 20 months has already been surpassed by Bright’s Mel Yeates, just six months into her charity crusade.

Now her target is $100,000 by the end of October next year.

In March Ms Yeates set out to raise $20,000 for Beyond Blue and Love Your Sister, by busking her way around Australia.

But she reached that figure a week and a half ago when joined by charity champion and actor Samuel Johnson for three days at Mt Hotham.

Ms Yeates said Johnson and a number of fundraising events helped generate more than $13,000 in just over 72 hours.

“It’s absolutely amazing,” she said.

“Before the weekend I had raised around $7000, and was hoping to raise around $6000 through the raffle and auction night.

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