Tea Gardens/Hawks Nest Motor Club presents proceeds to Motorfest 2023 Beneficiaries

Motor Club members and representatives from the beneficiary organisations (L-R): Ron Barter, David Bright (RFS), Derek Pont (Meals on Wheels), Jan Peeters (Clinic Bus), Kerrie Moore (SLSC), Tony March (Hawks RLFC), Ross Anderson, Ranald Mackay, Mike Latty, Shawn Rannard.

FUNDS raised by Motorfest’s triumphant return this March were formally donated to several worthy organisations within the Tea Gardens/Hawks Nest community on Tuesday, 9 May.

Gathering at the Tea Gardens Hotel’s Dolphin Room, Tea Gardens/Hawks Nest Motor Club President Ross Anderson hosted the presentation, recalling how great it was to get Motorfest underway again after the COVID lockdowns.

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“Motorfest started when the Club was first born, as a community aid event, and we are always looking for others who deserve some support, so congratulations to all beneficiary organisations,” Mr Anderson told the room.

Since the Motor Club was formed in 2002, it has donated more than $100,000 to local community support groups.

This year’s recipients included the TGHN Meals on Wheels, Tea Gardens Hawks RLFC, Pindimar/TG Rural Fire Service, TGHN Surf Life Savers, and the Free Clinic Bus.

“These funds will go to the new facilities at Myall Park, with Stage 1 soon finished for all to enjoy,” Tony March of the Tea Gardens Hawks RLFC announced.

Captain David Bright accepted on behalf of the RFS, declaring, “This will help put in a change room, lockers and second bathroom so our volunteers don’t have to change next to the trucks, and a commercial laundry to contain carcinogen-laden gear.”

Kerrie Moore from TGHN SLSC gratefully accepted a new radio for the Life Savers.

“This is expensive equipment that gets worn out in the sandy beach conditions,” Kerrie said.

“The Clinic Bus has moved 114 people to medical appointments since January, and these donations help us to keep running,” Jan Peeters accepted for the volunteer service of 34 drivers and phone operators.

Mr Anderson added, “This is not to say there are not others we could assist, but as yet they have not been identified.

“We would welcome information about other groups in our community that we may be able to assist, and we would also welcome other groups participating in Motorfest with displays or information offerings to enhance community involvement.”

By Thomas O’KEEFE

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