END OF AN ERA

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AF­TER 11 years of tire­less fundrais­ing at the Grand Ho­tel, the Buf­falo Lodge has handed over the raf­fles to the ho­tel.

Buf­falo Lodge sec­re­tary John Buckingham said it was the end of an era for those at the Grand and the lodge mem­bers would like to thank the com­mu­nity and the ho­tel for all the sup­port over the years.

“It has been de­cided to hand over the reins to the ho­tel’s li­censees Den­nis and Pam Corliss, who will op­er­ate the raf­fles in­de­pen­dently,” Mr Buckingham said.

The Fri­day af­ter­noon raf­fles started back in June 2004 with the open­ing of the A.J Pear­son Childers Lodge num­ber 150 with a small ta­ble set up in the main street of Childers.

The raf­fle, over the years, de­vel­oped into one of the Buf­falo Lodge’s ma­jor fundrais­ing projects.

Mr Buckingham oc­cu­pied the win­dow seat in­side the Grand Ho­tel for the past five years, with many lo­cals pop­ping their heads through the win­dow to buy tick­ets.

Over the 11 years the funds raised have sup­ported hun­dreds of lo­cals in need and the Lodge es­ti­mates $70,000 has been do­nated by the Lodge.

“Thanks to all our spon­sors for the end­less sup­port over the years and es­pe­cially the ho­tel pa­tron’s who have made this raf­fle the tremen­dous suc­cess it has evolved into.

“I take with me won­der­ful mem­o­ries of all the peo­ple and events that have tran­spired over the years.”

Mr Buckingham said he had made many great friend­ships be­ing part of the Buf­falo Lodge weekly raf­fle at the pub and would cher­ish the mem­o­ries for years to come.

“I would like to per­son­ally thank Childers for sup­port­ing the raf­fles.

“It’s a long list of char­i­ties that have kindly do­nated prizes over the years.

“When one door closes an­other door opens and we will be hold­ing new raf­fles, start­ing this Fri­day.”

The Buf­falo Lodge has a new venue to sup­ports its char­ity fundrais­ing, start­ing to­mor­row af­ter­noon.

“We are very pleased to an­nounce the Childers RSL have kindly wel­comed us into their venue,” Mr Buckingham said.

The Buf­falo Lodge in­vites res­i­dents to call into the RSL ev­ery Fri­day to en­joy the ex­cite­ment of the Buf­falo Lodge raf­fles.

“The raf­fles will start at 5pm and we hope to con­tinue our char­ity fundrais­ing for the Childers com­mu­nity,” he said.

I would like to per­son­ally thank Childers for sup­port­ing the raf­fles.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

END OF AN ERA: Buf­falo Lodge pres­i­dent John Buckingham and Nor­man McCon­nell.

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