Three local community organisations have received a total of $8,168 in the latest round of the Community Chest Raffle program run by the Forbes Services Memorial Club.
The Raffle program was set up by the Board of Directors and Club CEO David Fitzgerald in November 2015 as a way of giving back to the community. The club donates prizes for the raffle, and tickets are sold at the club on Wednesday and Friday nights. Since the start of the program, a total of $48,140 has been gifted to 18 local community groups to help them run their respective organisations and support their work in the community.
“We haven’t repeated a group yet,” said Club CEO David Fitzgerald. “It has grown beyond our expectations.
“The Club is the conduit, making it possible for local people to support their commu- nity groups. It makes me proud,” David said.
The latest three recipients are the Forbes Men’s Shed, Forbes Rodeo Inc and Forbes Eisteddfod, who received their Community Chest Raffle funds at a presentation last Friday.
The Men’s Shed received $2,830. President Norm Haley welcomed the funds. “This money will go towards furnishings and equipment for the new shed. We chase donations where we can, but it’s nice to have a bit of extra money to help us out,” he said.
Forbes Rodeo Inc. received $2,738, which will go towards the fund for a home ground in Forbes.
“We might also be able to buy a rope dummy to take to our demonstrations at schools and fetes,” said Troy Read.
Jan Facey accepted $2,600 for Forbes Eisteddfod. The money will help them run their annual event.
If you are part of a community group and would like to be involved in the program, contact David Fitzgerald at the Club.