Punkah Pantry pitch-in proves pretty pop­u­lar

Myrtleford Times - - News - By STRUAN JONES

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 fig­ure 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.

ALL HANDS ON DECK: The team at Punkah Pantry of (L-R) Roi­son Pryor, David McKinnon, Jo Lowes, Emily Green, John Lowes, Mark Vasallo pulled off a great night and raised $8000 for drought-re­lief feed for farm­ers.

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