Raffles a boon for local not-for profit organisations

V Wall Pavilion General Manager Ben Abbott presents WIRES Mid North Coast volunteers Kirsty Bush, Jennie Simmons, Fiona Nielsen and Tina Birtles with $985 raised from the venue’s monthly raffles.

WHAT started as a way for the V Wall Pavilion to raise money in support of ShoreTrack following last year’s shocking robbery has resulted in a boon for local charities and not-for-profit organisations.

Last week the General Manager of the V Wall Pavilion in Nambucca Heads, Mr Ben Abbott, on behalf of his staff and customers, handed over a donation of $985 to the native animal rescue and rehabilitation organisation WIRES Mid North Coast (WIRES MNC).

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The money was raised through the V Wall Pavilion’s monthly raffles, which set out to raise funds for a different local not-for-profit each month.

“Our parent organisation, Ingenia, lists community as one of their core values, so in line with that our staff wanted to do what they could to help the community and a cash donation at the end of the month from funds raised from raffles seemed very possible,” Ben Abbott told News Of The Area.

“I grew up in this district and I alway remember people saying to call WIRES every time there was a wildlife rescue required, so, in the knowledge that those WIRES volunteers are still out there working hard for our native animals, we picked WIRES MNC to be the beneficiaries of last month’s raffles.”

Ben also explained that a Red-backed Kingfisher had recently been discovered injured on their premises and a volunteer from WIRES MNC was swift to enact the rescue of that bird.

The funds raised through the raffles have recently assisted a young family who desperately required speech therapy equipment, gone toward modifications for the vehicle of a disabled driver and the Rural Fire Brigade.

WIRES MNC’s Fiona Neilson was on hand to receive the donation and told News Of The Area, “Donations like this are so welcome as these funds will go toward the equipment we need to rescue and support the animals in our care so as we can eventually release them.

“I currently have a young bat in care and just this week in the Nambucca Valley we have added two pelicans and an osprey to the possums, gliders and macropods in care.”

Mr Abbott and V Wall staff are on the lookout for more worthy recipients of raffle funds.

“If anyone in the community is aware of someone going through a tough time or an organisation that might benefit from some extra funds they can reach out to me here at the V Wall Pavilion and we will see what we can do,” he said.


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