Punkah Pantry Pitch-in proves pretty popular
Locals get right behind efforts to support farmers
A FUNDRAISING evening at the Punkah Pantry last Friday far exceeded expectations with an incredible $8000 raised for the Burrumbuttock Hay Runners, an organisation providing relief for farmers struggling with the drought and lack of feed for their stock.
In a spectacular display of community spirit, the expected $3000 was surpassed, doubled, and then some more, through ticket sales, raffles, an auction, $1 donated from every beer and wine sold on the night, and a surprise spontaneous haircut.
The night included a twocourse roast carvery, a main auction, raffle draws and door prizes.
Live music was performed by Meagan Thomson from Harrietville on the fiddle and Wandiligong musician Benny Williams on the guitar, who said “it was lovely to be a part of something for this cause and to be there with such a wonderful community.”
During the evening, Mike Clarke, a local plasterer, declared he would part with his beard and dreadlocks if the crowd raised $1500, and a local hairdresser went home to fetch some clippers.
That total was reached so quickly, however, a new fig- ure was proposed, but the generous effort had gained momentum and $4000 was raised for the haircut.
John Lowes, manager of the Punkah Pantry said he was very pleased with the turn out.
“It was a great night, everyone had a good time,” he said.
“It’s a very good community here.”
It’s not the first time the Pantry has been at the centre of community fundraising.
The business supports the local Porepunkah Panthers baseball club, as well as now holding weekly Friday night raffles to raise cash for the Porepunkah CFA to buy potentially life-saving battery powered tools.
On another occasion, Mr Lowes and the community raised cash by organising a cricket game, an effort that raised $3400 for the CFA despite the match being rained out and not even being played.
“We’re still going to try to finish the cricket match sometime this summer and raise the rest of the money,” he said.
Mr Lowes has thanked everyone involved, individuals who came along and businesses who donated items to be auctioned or given away, and made special mention of his team at the Pantry who managed to pull the event off so successfully.