FIRST PRIZE: Outrigger Whitsunday’s Nick Lidsey, with the winning ticket, and raffle co-ordinator Neil Cawthorne. Photo: Matthew Newton
FIRST PRIZE: Outrigger Whitsunday’s Nick Lidsey, with the winning ticket, and raffle co-ordinator Neil Cawthorne. Photo: Matthew Newton

Mine workmate wins raffle prize

UNDERSTANDABLY, the winner of the Rotary Club of Airlie Beach's Community Raffle $10,000 first prize is "stoked".

Outrigger Whitsunday member Darren Gommersal sold the winning ticket to one of his workmates, Townsville-based Zeke Burt.

Mr Gommersal said he'd sold tickets at work on a mine in Collinsville, amid the usual grumbling from his colleagues.

"A lot of the boys were like that, saying we'll buy it but no one will win it," he said.

"It was good to see a first prize winner.

"Yeah, (Zeke) was happy. He was stoked."

Because Outrigger Whitsunday representatives were present at the raffle draw on Thursday night, the club netted itself an additional $1000 for selling the winning ticket.

Outrigger Whitsunday president Renee Martin said members had sold about 80 books - 400 tickets - and the club was lucky Rotary gave it the opportunity to participate in the fundraiser.

"Darren personally sold 20 books on behalf of the club and we had a bit of a club enticer where Darren actually ended up winning a $100 voucher from the Airlie Beach Hotel for selling the most tickets," Ms Martin said.

The money Outrigger Whitsunday raised through the sale of tickets and the $1000 bonus for selling the winning ticket will be used to help with the day-to-day running of the club.

Ms Martin also thanked the Rotary Club of Airlie Beach for holding the fundraiser.

"It's the easiest fundraiser to sell tickets - you're not having to wash cars or turn up for an event," she said.

Each year, the Rotary Club of Airlie Beach uses the money raised from the sale of advertising in the My Whitsunday phone guide to purchase prizes for the raffle.

The prizes cost about $28,000 and this year $60,000 worth of raffle tickets were sold.

"We could put the $28,000 back into the clubs but by buying the raffle tickets, they can get out there and raise some money," Rotary Club of Airlie Beach president Allan Robinson said.

"It's just giving back to the community. We bear all the cost. It'll be happening again next year."

HOW IT WORKS

Rotary Club of Airlie Beach raises money by selling advertising in its My Whitsunday phone guide.

The funds are then spent on prizes and raffle tickets are sold by community organisations.

This year, 12,000 raffle tickets were sold across the region at $5 a pop.

Community organis-ations receive proceeds depending on how many raffle tickets they sell.

What started as $28,000 is turned into $60,000, which is returned to the community.


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