Community raises funds for response unit equipment
THE Woodgate First Response Unit was the centre of attention on Sunday at its annual fundraiser, which attracted more than 250 people.
The unit of dedicated volunteers and guests gathered at the Woodgate holiday park for the 10th annual champagne breakfast.
Each year the crowd gets larger and louder, all digging deep into their kids’ inheritance to support the first response team.
First responder Barbara Menzies said the event this year raised more than $5000.
“The money will go towards a new 4WD and we are in the process of applying for grants to assist our unit,” Mrs Menzies said.
“For 10 years the community has supported our fundraising efforts and the crowds are getting bigger.
“We can’t thank the community enough for all their support and kind donations.”
Another significant donation was from Barbara Marshall and her tireless dedication to her community of Woodgate.
Ms Marshall said she wanted to thank everyone who attended her morning teas each month.
“I host a morning tea every month and I am donating $905 to the First Response Unit here in Woodgate,” she said.
The first response team relies heavily on donations to continue its duties supporting the community.
As a means to raise funds, a donated Real Doll was auctioned off and a Woodgate family outbid others. The Harbournes are now the lucky owners of a Real Doll for the generous donation of $470.
Pamela Harbourne said if it wasn’t for the first responders, her husband John would not be with her today.
“We are happy to support the team, they did so much for John and it’s the least we can do,” she said.
The first responders are continuing their search for more volunteers. Phone Mrs Menzies on 0417 616 454.
CALL OF DUTY: The team of volunteers from the Woodgate First Response Unit.
BABY BORN: John and Pamela Harbourne bought a Real Doll for $470 at the fundraiser. With them are first responders Barbara Menzies and Dianne Bray.