End of the road for Zipper Club
By EMMA CORNFORD
AFTER Ross Rodd had open heart surgery in 1997, he heard about 'Zipper' clubs in Sydney and Taree which raised money for hospitals.
With a zipper-shaped scar on his chest and the desire to form a club in Grafton, he spent the next six months putting the word out.
Seven people turned up to the first meeting, a number which grew to 29 a few years ago but has since dropped to 15 ? a factor in the club's decision to go into recess after their final gathering yesterday at Corcoran Park.
The club's acting secretary, David Hennessy, said the Zipper Club had raised more than $24,000 since its formation, mainly through raffles, golf days and trivia nights.
"One thing is when you have surgery you feel very vulnerable and this club was one motivation for people to come together ... and have a bit of support, but also raise money for the cardiac equipment needed to give local people protection," he said.
"For a group of mainly pensioners to put their shoulders to the wheel and raise that amount of money is something I think we can all be very proud of."
Last week, Zipper Club member Charmaine Watters used some of the equipment which the club had raised money for.
"It was so good seeing the digital weighing chair in operation and knowing that we'd done raffles to help get that."