Club Mudgee gave a $10,000 boost to-the Mudgee Rescue Squad’s Rescue vehicle fundraising at Sunday night’s Shannon Noll concert.
“We know how close they are, so this is just to get them a bit closer,” said Club Mudgee CEO Maureen Heywood.
Mudgee Rescue Squad secretary Garry Dollisson said the group currently had about $85,000 of its $105,000 target, without counting the money expected to come from Mudgee High School’s Year 12 Rainbow Day fundraising.
The squad has collected at events including the Sunday night concert and the recent pre-season Youth League football match at Glen Willow.
“The support of the community is wonderful,” said Mudgee Rescue Squad volunteer Colleen Holland.
“To me, this goes deeper than my heart and soul, the gratitude to the club and the community”
Mudgee Rescue Squad volunteers first raised their need for a new truck at a meeting of community groups organised by the Mudgee Rotary Club in February.
While the Rescue Squad set a 2013 target to raise the necessary $105,000, Club Mudgee CEO Maureen Heywood said it seemed more urgent than that, and planned for the club and the community to help the Rescue Squad reach it’s target sooner.
The squad plans to have a new back made for the new vehicle instead of reinstalling the old one, and any money raised over $105,000 will go towards this purchase.
“We’re well and truly on track with it all, and we’re sure we’ll have all our money by February next year,” Mr Dollisson said,
There’s people still raising money for us and still helping.”
The Rescue Squad will be the beneficiary of fundraising at Parklands Resort’s New Year’s Eve celebrations, which last year donated $5 from every restaurant booking to the Bushfire Brigade.
Between collection jars and barbecue sales, the resort hopes to make a strong contribution to the purchase of the truck or its equipment.
Article by Sam Potts, Mudgee Guardian, October 10 2012
Photo by Sandy Smith Photography, Mudgee Guardian, October 10 2012