New raffle record met
THE Rotary Club of Airlie Beach is celebrating its most successful community raffle to date, with record numbers of dollars raised, tickets sold and people taking part.
A staggering $128,274 was raised for the local community, compared to last year's record result of $95,623.2012. An impressive 115 non-profit organisations sold tickets this year, up on last year's 89.
Community raffle organiser Neil Cawthorne said every ticket-selling region sold more tickets this year than ever before, with the 16 prizes the highest number since the raffle started 14 years ago.
The raffle draw was held on Monday night at the Jubilee Tavern in the presence of PCYC branch manager Sergeant John Dickinson and 193 attendees. First prize of a Kimberly cruise valued at over $14,000 was won by orthopaedic surgeon Michael McGuire, with the winning ticket sold by the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Mr McGuire, who is based on the Gold Coast, said he intends to make a personal donation of $5000 to RFDS.
A separate raffle was also held on the night and won by Stan Wright, who scored $729 for the Whitsunday Aero Club. Mr Cawthorne said a big thank you to all who participated in the raffle. "And last but not least my best mate and wife Narelle for all her assistance with the many aspects of the raffle," he said.
Rotary raffle winners
1st Prize - Michael Maguire. Ticket sold by Royal Flying Doctor Service.
2nd Prize - Gayle Willcox. Ticket sold by Bowen Swimming Club.
3rd Prize - Darren Kelly. Ticket sold by Whitsunday Motosports Club.
4th Prize - Ann Brown. Ticket sold by Ronald McDonald House.
5th Prize - Gloria Demartini. Ticket sold by C & K Whitsunday Community Kindergarten.
6th Prize - Nick Smith. Ticket sold by Royal Flying Doctor Service.
7th Prize - Roz Campbell. Ticket sold by Royal Flying Doctor Service.
8th Prize - Deidre Turner. Ticket sold by Marion State School P & C Association.
9th Prize - Allen Vallis. Ticket sold by Whitsunday Family History Group.
10th Prize - Ticket sold by St Pauls Anglican Auxillary.
11th Prize - Doug Wilson. Ticket sold by Banana Pocket Hall Assoc.
12th Prize - Mick Stewart. Ticket sold by Proserpine State School P & C.
13th Prize - Anita Kumar. Ticket sold by Cannonvale State School P & C.
14th Prize - Chris Phillips. Ticket sold by Whitsunday Neighbourhood Centre.
15th Prize - Josh Kenley. Ticket sold by Townsville Legacy Inc.
16th Prize - Amy Baxter. Ticket sold by Outrigger Whitsunday.