Char­ity

Ra­dio auc­tion in push to­wards $1m

Midwest Times - - FRONT PAGE - Peter Sweeney

An es­ti­mated $830,000 has been dis­trib­uted to char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tions and com­mu­nity groups in the Mid West since the Ro­tary Club of Ger­ald­ton started its Ra­dio Auc­tion in 1989.

The $1 mil­lion mark is get­ting closer and on Sun­day the club plans on mak­ing big in­roads on the goal when the 28th Ro­tary Ra­dio Auc­tion is held.

Do­nated items worth thou­sands of dol­lars will be “up for grabs” from 9am, when the phone lines open, un­til 3.30pm.

Ro­tar­i­ans and vol­un­teers will man the tele­phones at the old Tel­stra build­ing on Chap­man Road, while the auc­tion will be broad­cast live on Spirit 98.1FM ra­dio.

Items to be bid for in­clude Broome and Kal­barri hol­i­day pack­ages, camp­ing equip­ment, golf club mem­ber­ships, a Christ­mas pack­age for 25 peo­ple at The Ger­ald Apart­ment Ho­tel, res­tau­rant and din­ner vouch­ers, cloth­ing and car ser­vices. And much, much more.

“The Ro­tary Ra­dio Auc­tion is like a mini Telethon,” Ro­tary Club of Ger­ald­ton spokes­woman Di Gil­le­land said.

“The funds raised help us help or­gan­i­sa­tions and char­i­ties in need.

“This year we have a record num­ber of dona­tions. We’d love to match it with a record amount of money re­ceived.

“We en­cour­age bid­ders to think out­side the square.

“Buy some of the do­nated items as wed­ding or birth­day gifts or what­ever.”

Ben­e­fi­cia­ries from the Ro­tary auc­tion over the past 27 years have in­cluded the Sal­va­tion Army, Food­bank, Cen­tacare, Shine, Mid­west Pal­lia­tive Care, Mid­west Dis­as­ter Re­lief and Chrysalis Sup­port Ser­vices. And many oth­ers.

As for the tele­phone num­ber to ring on Sun­day to make a bid, Di Gil­le­land knows it off by heart.

“It’s 9965 4888,” she said.

Ro­tar­ian Di Gil­le­land, left, Spirit 98.1FM man­ager Ja­son Mc­Carthy, Tel­stra busi­ness man­ager Lachy Gar­diner, Bendigo Bank deputy man­ager Kelly Eas­tough and Tel­stra sales con­sul­tant John Fer­a­galli stand be­hind Spirit an­nouncer Dave Ni­chol­son. All are key pl

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