Trivia night to help buy block

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

OR­GAN­IS­ERS of fund rais­ing to buy a block of land at Cape Kim­ber­ley for Rain­for­est Res­cue are full of praise at the com­mu­nity’s re­sponse.

Aim­ing for $10,000, Dou­glas Shire Sus­tain­abil­ity Group (DSSG) and Rain­for­est Res­cue are de­lighted with the gen­er­ous sup­port of the spon­sors and are now look­ing at rais­ing more than that.

The fund rais­ing cam­paign has been ded­i­cated to the mem­ory of Daingtree res­i­dent and con­ser­va­tion­ist Chris Ben­nett, who passed away late last year af­ter a short bat­tle with cancer.

As part of the funds drive, a K-Star Char­ity Trivia Night will be held at the Cen­tral Ho­tel, Port Dou­glas, on June 15, with well over $13,500 in prizes.

A $5 raf­fle with prizes to­talling more than $10,000 will have tick­ets pre-sold and on the night a $2 raf­fle (tick­ets only sold on night) will also be drawn with prizes to­talling more than $2000. .

“The orig­i­nal aim of the fundraiser was to raise $10,000 to con­trib­ute to the pur­chase of Lot 38 Cape Tribu­la­tion Road as part of Rain­for­est Res­cue’s goal to buy back and pro­tect high con­ser­va­tion value prop­er­ties in the Dain­tree low­land rain­for­est,” said or­gan­iser Roisin Allen said.”

Once pur­chased and pro­tected, Lot 38 Cape Tribu­la­tion Road which will com­plete a wildlife cor­ri­dor be­tween Swamp For­est Na­ture Re­serve and Dain­tree Na­tional Park and will be­come a fit­ting me­mo­rial to Chris Ben­nett.

“We have been in­un­dated with of­fers of prizes, so much so that we are now aim­ing at rais­ing more than $10,000,” Ms Allen said.

“The gen­eros­ity of the lo­cal busi­ness com­mu­nity has been quite over­whelm­ing..”

De­spite cur­rent plan­ning re­stric­tions in the Dain­tree there are still 180 free­hold prop­er­ties within the Na­tional Park area of high con­ser­va­tion value that could, if not se­cured for con­ser­va­tion, be cleared of vege­ta­tion and built on.

“If any­one wants to sup­port this fundraiser they can do so by pur­chas­ing raf­fle tick­ets, get­ting a team to­gether for the Ks­tar Trivia Night and/or mak­ing a tax de­ductible do­na­tion di­rectly to rain­for­est Res­cue at http://www.rain­fore­stres­­ing/40/chris-ben­nettmemo­rial-fundraiser

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion please contact Roisin Allen, 0438 074 474.

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