Club donates a life-saving $15k
THE VALUE of local clubs was on show recently when the Grafton District Services Club donated $15,000 to Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter.
The donation came through Clubs NSW'S ClubGRANTS (formerly CDSE) scheme, which allows clubs to donate a percentage of poker machine takings for community support.
Westpac helicopter board chairman Warren Tozer and general manager Kris Beavis were in Grafton last week to acknowledge the donation.
"This generous donation clearly demonstrates the value of local clubs to community services like the rescue helicopter," Mr Tozer said.
"Not only are clubs a wonderful social asset for communities, their support extends throughout the wider community.
"We are very grateful for the club's support, which will help us in our ongoing efforts to fundraise over 60% of our $6.5 million operating budget every year."
Grafton District Services Club general manager Arthur Lysaught said the club was only too pleased to support such a vital community service.
"The Grafton community understands the life-saving role the helicopter service plays in our community," he said.
"This donation recognises and supports the service as it carries out this vital role.
"We are very pleased to be able to lend our support."