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Fundraiser reaches target

Clarence Valley Council Australia Day Local Hero award winner Roger Green donated $5000 to the Grafton Base Hospital’s palliative care unit on Saturday night, from the proceeds of his community busking. Image: Lynne Mowbray.
The Friends Who Care fundraiser which was held at the Grafton District Services Club (GDSC) on Saturday night was a huge success, with money raised going to the Grafton Base Hospital palliative care unit. Friends who Care organisers Denise Barnier and Rosemary Munro said that around 180 people, who attended the fun event, were dressed in wild party clothes and enjoyed dancing to the music of The McKenzie Band. “Local bush poet Bill Kearns also entertained the crowd on the night,” Ms Munro said. “We had tombolas and raffles, with a lot of people going home winners.” The real winner from the fundraiser, however, was the palliative care unit. “Our aim was to raise enough money to buy two portable beds for the palliative care unit, valued at $6000 each,” Ms Munro said. “We wanted to make our Clarence Valley patients more comfortable. These beds fold up for easy transportation and have a special supporting mattress. This means that patients can be set up in their own home.” Organisers wished to thank everyone who attended Saturday night’s event, the GDSC, and local charity busker Roger Green, for their generous donations. “Roger has an amazing community spirit and thanks to his generous donation on the night of $5000, we were able to reach our target,” Ms Munro said.