KING OF THE NORTH: Johnathan Thurston's State of Origin memorabilia is going under the hammer next Tuesday.
KING OF THE NORTH: Johnathan Thurston's State of Origin memorabilia is going under the hammer next Tuesday. Troy Jegers

Footy legend's memorabilia up for grabs at auction

WITH King of the north Johnathon Thurston visiting the Balonne Shire next week, rare State of Origin memorabilia will be going under the hammer at the A Night with JT fundraising dinner.

His last State of Origin headgear and boot is sure to stir up a bidding frenzy to raise bursary funds for St George's young emerging leaders.

A framed Maroons jersey which was signed by 2019 team will also be up for auction on the night.

Mayor Richard Marsh said the aim of the night was to provide young emerging leaders in Balonne Shire with a financial boost.

"The bursary recognises nominated young residents who have achieved outstanding success in their education or training and who have made a significant contribution to the community,” Cr Marsh said.

"We hope that through this bursary the candidate will be able to build their self-confidence, develop leadership and life skills and provide role models for other youth in our shire.”

The winners of the bursary will be announced on Australia Day 2020.

Deputy mayor Fiona Gaske, who has played an integral role in securing Johnathan Thurston and the JTAcademy's visit to Balonne Shire, said it was hoped the auction would raise substantial funds for the bursary.

"It's really exciting that we have been able to secure these rare items to help raise funds to support and grow our future leaders and we are truly appreciative of JT and his team for supporting us,” she said.

A Night with JT is being held at the St Patrick's Catholic Primary School Hall on Tuesday, August 27.

Bids for the items will be taken on the night either in house or by phoning 0417633744.