Club Mudgee $8000 gift for Squad

Pictured (from left to right) are Club Mudgee director Brian Algie and president David Nelson, VRA life member Keith Underwood, Club Mudgee CEO Maureen Heywood, VRA vice president Wayne Joseph and Club Mudgee marketing manager Kellie Gant.

The Mudgee Rescue Squad VRA are closer to gaining their new truck thanks to a $8000 funding boost from Club Mudgee. Club Mudgee representatives met with members of the VRA on Wednesday to present the cheque. The total included $5000 plus further funds raised from Club Mudgee Race Day and the Easter Saturday Afternoon on
the Green. VRA secretary and deputy captain Garry Dollisson said the donation would be go towards a badly needed rescue truck to replace the squad’s 27-year-old vehicle. “It’s gelling expensive to maintain and with the Mudgee population growing there’s so much traffic around, so we expect to see an increase of accidents and incidents around the place, which will make this truck well worth it,” he said. “Its a big project for us. We don’t do it every day, and this is the first time we’ve really pushed for the public to help us.” Mr Dollisson said he was over whelmed by Club Mudgee ‘s support, continuing a relationship
that began in 1975 when Club Mudgee provided the VRA’s first truck. Club Mudgee CEO Maureen Haywood said she hoped the donation would give the squad’s fundraising a real kickstart. “The VRA are so important for our community and it would be really great for everybody to get behind them in their fundraising efforts.” The VRA has raised $14,500 towards the $105,000 truck with the help of community groups.

Article by Anika Hume, Mudgee Guardian, May 18 2012