Many win in big raffle

THE twelfth annual Community Raffle draw dinner hosted by the Rotary Club of Airlie Beach was held at the Reef Gateway Hotel on Monday night.

This year's raffle saw a record number of community groups get behind the raffle.

Eighty-two organisations took part, almost doubling last year's participant numbers.

As a result, the club raised a record $81,055 worth of proceeds.

Organiser Neil Cawthorne said Rotary was grateful for the Whitsunday community's strong support.

“This was by far the most successful raffle we've ever had,” Mr Cawthorne said.

“We issued more tickets than ever and as a result there's more money going back out into the community.

“Except for Mackay, each ticket-selling area this year set new records both for the number of participating selling organisations and for the value of ticket sales.”

For the first time, the raffle's boundaries were extended to cover the entire Whitsunday telephone district, which allowed more organisations to get involved.

And for the second year, the extended concept of paying a bonus of $1000 to the ticket-selling organisations who sold first, second and third prizes if they were at the draw, helped to boost the numbers.

The three groups to earn the bonus at this year's draw dinner were the Whitsunday Family History Group, Proserpine Public Kindergarten and Proserpine Playgroup. Scott Morrissey of Cannonvale was also present to collect his $7000 cheque for second prize in the major raffle draw.

Over 150 people attended the dinner, including representatives from selling organisations, Rotarians and guests.

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