Woodenbong Fire Brigade fundraiser

Woodenbong Rural Fire Brigade members and Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service representatives enjoy a community day on the greens.
Woodenbong Rural Fire Brigade members and Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service representatives enjoy a community day on the greens.

Once again the weather was magnificent, as was the turnout to support the annual Woodenbong Fire Brigade fundraiser held at the Woodenbong and District Golf Club. The event has now been running for 19 years and still did not disappoint the patrons with a fantastic arrangement of monster raffle prizes, as well as great trophies on offer for the golfers who played on the day. The format of the day is tried and tested with nine holes of golf played in the morning followed by a supplied lunch. The supporters are then treated to the monster raffle and of course the Melbourne Cup Calcutta.

The Calcutta is conducted with the skill and wit of local businessman Paul McKey. Paul has the ability to whip the crowd into a frenzy of bidding for the chance to attain a winning horse for the conveted Melbourne Cup. The entertainment value of the Calcutta is worth just as much as the horses themselves with many a person talking about it for weeks afterwards.

The much sought after perpetual trophy for the golf, which was made and donated by the late Mr Garry Elliott and Mrs Mavis Elliott, was won by Travis Musicka, Gail Cattell and Reg Cattell. They each also took away a garden bench donated by Terry and Diane Clements. Other players were also drawn out of a hat for other great prizes for their efforts in the golf.

“The day would not be a success without the generous support of the many businesses and individuals in and around the Woodenbong area as well as support from such places as Urbenville, Killarney and Kyogle. The generosity of people is alive and well, even in tough times. The day has always been well supported by patrons from the local area as well as a contingent of players from Kyogle, who always make a great effort in travelling to Woodenbong for the event. Without this support the event would obviously not be viable.”

The funds which are raised from the raffle, calcutta, donations and golf, estimated at $3000- will be shared with the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter, which was represented by two delegates from the service. John Bancroft spoke about the importance of these types of events which support the Helicopter Service and that all donations, large or small, keep the chopper in the air.

The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter is a much needed service, particularly in our more remote area and the patrons are happy to support such a worthwhile cause along with their local fire brigade.

The Rural Fire Service is always looking for new members, men or women, who feel they could contribute to their communities. To find out more contact your local fire brigade or visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au.