Almost $40,000 was raised for the Forbes Flood Recovery at a two-day conference of the ClubsNSW Central West Region held in Forbes recently. A total of 85 delegates were treated to a spectacular night of Hollywood at the Forbes Services Memorial Club (FSMC) with a three-course meal and live entertainment. Delegates could also bid on 13 auction items to raise money for the Forbes Flood Recovery. The Central West Clubs showed amazing support and $37,450 was raised in total.
The delegates, from seven Central West Clubs including FSMC, Bathurst RSL, Dubbo RSL, Orange Ex Services, Gilgandra Services, Club Mudgee and Parkes Services, all showed their generosity. The largest single bid was by Bathurst RSL with a winning bid of $10,000 on one auction item. The bid contributed 41% to the total amount
raised. All the auction items were donated by trade suppliers.
Club President of FSMC, Wayne Richards said: “This charity auction goes to show that Central West Clubs and clubs generally are truly community minded.” He added: “I am amazed at the generosity of the seven clubs, given they all have their own communities’ needs to provide financial assistance to.” David Fitzgerald, FSMC CEO, said the huge sum could not have been raised without the support of Central West Clubs and trade suppliers. “On behalf of FSMC and the Forbes community I would like to express our utmost gratitude to the Central West Clubs for this incredible support.”
The funds will be held in trust while it is determined how best it could be used. Discussions are being held with the Forbes State Emergency Service with regard to what emergency service equipment they may require to assist during flood emergencies. One suggestion is a sand bagging machine.