Dealer principal of Grafton Motor Group Michael Anstee (centre) with the president of Grafton Lions Club Dr Judy Bano and treasurer Denise Smith after the business made a significant donation towards the Grafton Hospital ICU.
Dealer principal of Grafton Motor Group Michael Anstee (centre) with the president of Grafton Lions Club Dr Judy Bano and treasurer Denise Smith after the business made a significant donation towards the Grafton Hospital ICU. Adam Hourigan Photography

The challenge is set for businesses to donate

GRAFTON Motor Group is challenging the businesses of the Clarence Valley to donate money or buy tickets to the Grafton Lion's fundraiser for the Grafton Hospital Intensive Care Unit.

Michael Anstee said the business community should get behind such a good cause.

"We had a pretty good year last year and I just gave the treasurer Denise a call and said we wouldn't be able to go but we'd like to give them some money," he said.

"It's a good cause because the local hospital doesn't have the most advanced equipment and I thought they've having a go and I thought as part of the business community there must be something I can do to help."

The Grafton Lions are holding a Black Tie Dinner and Auction on August 20 to help buy two breathing machines for the ICU to replace two of the older machines.

If the club raise $30,000, Lions International have committed to match the money.

Mr Anstee said any kind of donation could help the group.

"Not everyone had to give the same dollar figure as we did anyone who did give anything would be greatly received," he said.

He added that the hospital is a service for the community and businesses should help where they can.

"There are a lot worse things we send money on on a day to day basis, and you never know when you might need some help, none of us are going to live forever, we might find ourselves in the intensive care unit and we'd be grateful for it," he said.

"We're not a big community, but I think the way I look at it we sponsored the races and we had a great turn out for the Grafton cup, if we can spend money entertaining ourselves and advertising at the races surely we can afford to put a bit into a good cause like this."

Tickets for the fundraiser are $110 per person or $1050 for a table of 10. The ticket includes a four course meal, beer, fine, soft drinks and entertainment.

During the evening, major prizes will be auctioned off including a seven day trip to the Maldives. For more information contact Denise Smith on 0417 043 910.



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