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Jim Morison (L) and Roy Ellery (R) from the Clarence River Woodworkers Association and Helen Morison from the Grafton Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Support Group, helped to raise close to $2000 for the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter over the weekend. Image: Emma Pritchard

Community groups unite at local markets

Emma Pritchard

They aimed to raise between $1500 and $2000 from their combined efforts.

And when the overall amount was added up, they weren’t disappointed. The Clarence River Woodworkers Association united with the Grafton Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Support Group at the Grafton Showground markets on May 15, where they set up a stall and sold several hand-crafted wooden items, along with delicious homemade cakes and slices, to raise funds for one of the community’s most important services.

Blessed with plenty of autumn sunshine and a steady crowd of attendees on Saturday, they raised $1780 for the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter. Helen Morison from the Grafton Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Support Group, said $180 was raised through woodwork sales, $466.45 was raised from selling cakes, preserves and other goodies, and $221.55 was raised from community donations.

Raffle ticket sales also proved extremely popular and raised an additional $932. Libby Notaras was the lucky winner of the main prize in the raffles, a beautifully made wooden barbecue picnic tray. While both groups were happy with the combined amount they raised, Mrs Morison thanked the community for their support and generous donations. She also thanked the members of both groups for their hard work and commitment in ensuring the market stall could go ahead.

“A lot of people worked all day and to everyone who baked, cooked and donated items of woodwork for the event, thank you so much,” she said. Mrs Morison said even after the site fee for the market stall was paid, the remaining amount was still a good figure which had been raised. Mrs Morison also confirmed both groups are looking forward to uniting again to raise funds for the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter at other community events throughout the year.

The $1780 will be added to other funds raised during the year and presented to a Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter representative at an official meeting towards the end of 2021.

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