ALL SMILES: South Grafton?s Fran Marshall and Gillian McLachlan had a happy time at the auction.
ALL SMILES: South Grafton?s Fran Marshall and Gillian McLachlan had a happy time at the auction.

Rotary raises $33,000 for charity

By EMMA CORNFORD

THERE may have been fewer people than in previous years, but those at the annual Grafton Midday Rotary Auction on Saturday night still managed to raise $33,000 as they bid for dinners, holidays and hundreds of other items.

Auction chairman Peter Robinson said the club was very pleased with the result.

"We might have been down on numbers but the people of the Clarence Valley were very generous and this ... was one of the biggest we've had," he said.

Items fiercely bid for included a dinner cooked my Mark Hackett, the Greater Credit Union's holiday points and the Great Time Clarence River party cruise.

"But in saying that there were a lot of items which people who didn't want to spend a lot of money were able to bid for as well. We had several bottles of wine, haircuts for a year and lots of vouchers," he said. "It was a good night and from the comments I got everybody is looking forward to next year."

Money raised from the event will be split between the Grafton Palliative Care, an international Rotary project fund and the Grafton Midday Rotary Club's program to aid local charities.



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