THE Pacific Hotel Social Club has been brewing along for decades, offering free beers to members on Mondays and raising funds through meat tray raffles.

Now they have finally earnt enough money to be able to give back to the commmunity.

This morning Pacific Hotel general manager Tom Macintosh, on behalf of social club president John Thompson, handed over a $2000 cheque to the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter.

Mr Thompson said it was the first time in the 12 years he had been president that the club had accumulated a decent amount of money for charity.

"We don't make a lot of money because our membership's only $5…so we don't build up a big bank but we're on a pretty steady keel," Mr Thompson said.

"At one time we were just breaking even and then we started to reorganise things a bit.

"It's never been a big money making concern but this year had been a bit better than previously."

But now that they have the money to give, they couldn't think of a better charity to donate to.

The club has 248 members, and odds are one of them or someone they know will use the Westpac helicopter at one point in their lives, so Mr Thomspon said he believed it was a very worthy cause.

"We discussed it and I said the helicopter services the community in many ways and I think it's very wise to help them," he said.

Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter fundraising manager Zeke Huish thanked the club for their generous donation and said it was money like this that helped keep the Westpac Helicopter in the air and saving lives.

"To have the social club come on board to help us the way they are is just phenomenal,"he said.

"To donate $2000 to help us save lives means a lot not only to our service but also to the patients that we fly."



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