Ballarat raises more than $80,000 for Aron Siermans

ARON Siermans' future is looking a little brighter thanks to the generosity of the Ballarat community.

Emmy Bryce performs at the fundraiser for Aron Siermans at the Mechanics Institute. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Emmy Bryce performs at the fundraiser for Aron Siermans at the Mechanics Institute. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Ellaine Parnall, Matthew Mumford and Georgia Parnell at the fundraiser for Aron Siermans. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Ellaine Parnall, Matthew Mumford and Georgia Parnell at the fundraiser for Aron Siermans. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Letitia Kavanagh, Gina Costigan, Monique Stephen and Victoria Armstrong at the fundraiser for Aron Siermans. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Letitia Kavanagh, Gina Costigan, Monique Stephen and Victoria Armstrong at the fundraiser for Aron Siermans. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Victoria Armstrong and Kim Tol at the fundraiser for Aron Siermans. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Victoria Armstrong and Kim Tol at the fundraiser for Aron Siermans. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Elysia Spry and Kate Burrows with Lisa and Gretel Hayden at the fundraiser for Aron Siermans. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Elysia Spry and Kate Burrows with Lisa and Gretel Hayden at the fundraiser for Aron Siermans. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Daryl and Mary Bussell at the fundraiser for Aron Siermans. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Daryl and Mary Bussell at the fundraiser for Aron Siermans. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Nicola Penny, 14, performs outside the fundraiser for Aron Siermans. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Nicola Penny, 14, performs outside the fundraiser for Aron Siermans. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Virginnia and Nicholas Robson with Tracey King at the fundraiser for Aron Siermans. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Virginnia and Nicholas Robson with Tracey King at the fundraiser for Aron Siermans. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Bella Cavalleivi performs at the fundraiser for Aron Siermans. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Bella Cavalleivi performs at the fundraiser for Aron Siermans. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Brian Carvery and Lyndelle Newey at the fundraiser for Aron Siermans. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Brian Carvery and Lyndelle Newey at the fundraiser for Aron Siermans. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Shannen Hunter performs at the fundraiser for Aron Siermans. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Shannen Hunter performs at the fundraiser for Aron Siermans. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Helen Lawson, Wayne Whykes and Sonia Smith at the fundraiser for Aron Siermans. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Helen Lawson, Wayne Whykes and Sonia Smith at the fundraiser for Aron Siermans. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Richard Hayden, Ty Siermans and Alanna McDonald at the fundraiser for Aron Siermans. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Richard Hayden, Ty Siermans and Alanna McDonald at the fundraiser for Aron Siermans. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Janet Jones and Suzy Allan at the fundraiser for Aron Siermans. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Janet Jones and Suzy Allan at the fundraiser for Aron Siermans. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Karen Escuardo, Bo Falk and Robyn Pottenger at the fundraiser for Aron Siermans. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Karen Escuardo, Bo Falk and Robyn Pottenger at the fundraiser for Aron Siermans. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Glenn Palmer and Cathy Caruso-Robinson at the fundraiser for Aron Siermans. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Glenn Palmer and Cathy Caruso-Robinson at the fundraiser for Aron Siermans. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Mat Uptin and Tanya Daniels at the fundraiser for Aron Siermans. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Mat Uptin and Tanya Daniels at the fundraiser for Aron Siermans. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Jodie Gillett and Jordan McPhan at the fundraiser for Aron Siermans. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Jodie Gillett and Jordan McPhan at the fundraiser for Aron Siermans. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Rebecca Unmack and Amanda Binion at the fundraiser for Aron Siermans. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Rebecca Unmack and Amanda Binion at the fundraiser for Aron Siermans. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Tennille Ussher, Karina Palmer and Linda McKenna at the fundraiser for Aron Siermans. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Tennille Ussher, Karina Palmer and Linda McKenna at the fundraiser for Aron Siermans. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Brett Knight, John Livingston and Greg Murray at the fundraiser for Aron Siermans. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Brett Knight, John Livingston and Greg Murray at the fundraiser for Aron Siermans. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Jordan Heys performs at the fundraiser for Aron Siermans. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Jordan Heys performs at the fundraiser for Aron Siermans. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Marcel Mayne and Debra Gillick at the fundraiser for Aron Siermans. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Marcel Mayne and Debra Gillick at the fundraiser for Aron Siermans. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Hock and Fiona Tan at the fundraiser for Aron Siermans. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Hock and Fiona Tan at the fundraiser for Aron Siermans. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Cordelia Phemister, Ellie Matthews and Janelle Parsons at the fundraiser for Aron Siermans. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Cordelia Phemister, Ellie Matthews and Janelle Parsons at the fundraiser for Aron Siermans. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Lachlan Stephen and Shannon Ford at the fundraiser for Aron Siermans. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Lachlan Stephen and Shannon Ford at the fundraiser for Aron Siermans. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Jennifer Campbell and Jay Jackson at the fundraiser for Aron Siermans. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Jennifer Campbell and Jay Jackson at the fundraiser for Aron Siermans. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Kellie Livingston, Claire Murray and Jan Gillett at the fundraiser for Aron Siermans. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Kellie Livingston, Claire Murray and Jan Gillett at the fundraiser for Aron Siermans. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Matthew Tol speaks on stage at the fundraiser for Aron Siermans. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Matthew Tol speaks on stage at the fundraiser for Aron Siermans. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Julie McMahon and Natalie Morrison at the fundraiser for Aron Siermans. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Julie McMahon and Natalie Morrison at the fundraiser for Aron Siermans. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Joanne Stevens, Joylene Fletcher and Hayley Douglas at the fundraiser for Aron Siermans. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Joanne Stevens, Joylene Fletcher and Hayley Douglas at the fundraiser for Aron Siermans. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Matt and Sharna Agterhuis with Matt Sheehan at the fundraiser for Aron Siermans. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Matt and Sharna Agterhuis with Matt Sheehan at the fundraiser for Aron Siermans. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Marion Lawson, Jan Mortensen, Linda Blake and Andrew Lawson at the fundraiser for Aron Siermans. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Marion Lawson, Jan Mortensen, Linda Blake and Andrew Lawson at the fundraiser for Aron Siermans. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Leearnee Jones and Francis Janssens at the fundraiser for Aron Siermans. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Leearnee Jones and Francis Janssens at the fundraiser for Aron Siermans. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Les Smolen, Greg Walsh, Frances Edwood and Colin Young at the fundraiser for Aron Siermans. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Les Smolen, Greg Walsh, Frances Edwood and Colin Young at the fundraiser for Aron Siermans. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

A cocktail fundraiser held on Saturday at the Mechanics Institute to set up a trust fund for Aron raised more than $80,000.

"The total's up to $82,000 and counting," said Matthew Tol, fundraiser organiser and family friend of the Siermans, on Sunday evening.

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About 250 people attended the fundraiser. Mr Tol said every service and item on the night was donated, with entertainment including a bagpipist, harpist, piano and band. 

"Not everyone there knew the family, but it was everyone getting together to show their support," Mr Tol said. 

"All the funds are going towards Aron's future, so he doesn't become a secondary victim of what happened to his mother."

Aron is cared for by his grandparents after his mother Sharon was murdered last year. 

A video was shown explaining what happened to Sharon and reminding everyone what the night was about.

Attendee Sonia Smith said the video struck a chord with her.

"It left a bit of a hole with me because the truth is, Sharon should never have died," she said.