Woodgate re­sponds

Com­mu­nity raises funds for re­sponse unit equip­ment

Isis Town and Country - - FRONT PAGE - Jodie Dixon Jodie.Dixon@isistc­news.com.au

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.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

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.

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