Aiming to help sufferers of silent killer
If you need a getaway and plan to do it in style, $10 might just get you there.
Cobram Panel Works is giving residents the chance to win a limousine trip for eight people for an entire day to wherever the winners wish to go.
It could be a trip to a winery, birthday party, pub crawl or the races.
The purpose of the raffle is to raise money for Kidney Kids.
‘‘This is one of our major fundraisers this year,’’ Cobram Panel Works’ Mark Haberfield said.
‘‘Tickets are $10 each and the raffle is limited to 150 tickets and we’ve got the limo three times, so it’s got the potential to raise $4500.’’
Mr Haberfield does not have a personal connection to kidney disease but was inspired to become actively involved in raising money after seeing an article published in The Courier.
‘‘The Cameron family, who are out at Boosey, their daughter Amy has renal failure and we got involved about eight years ago through Dean Mosdall, who was the Katamatite policeman at the time,’’ he said.
‘‘He was doing up a car for the Kidney Kar Rally to raise money for Amy and when we saw it in the paper we thought we better help this bloke out because he needs his car repainted.’’
After that, Mr Haberfield decided to enter a car of his own in the rally and has been involved ever since.
‘‘I’ve done the Kidney Kar Rally usually alongside Gerard Warrin for the past six years now and Frank Macheda down at Macheda’s Refrigerated Transport is our major sponsor, so it’s a good community cause,’’ Mr Haberfield said.
‘‘We’ve also got Apex involved now who have done it for the past two years, so we’ve sort of taken it from one car to pretty much six cars from Cobram entering the rally.’’
The two cars Cobram Panel Works has entered in the rally have raised more than $100 000 in six years.
‘‘We’re pretty proud of that,’’ Mr Haberfield said.
‘‘Any money you raise is a bonus for any cause, it doesn’t matter what you’re doing.
‘‘The money we raise goes towards funding the kids’ camps. It’s not for research and development as such like a lot of the fundraising can be used for, it’s actually for helping kids that are sick now and making a difference to their lives here and now.’’
Mr Haberfield said many people in the community were still unaware of just how deadly kidney disease was and he hoped such fundraising initiatives could help raise its profile.
‘‘It kills more people than breast cancer and skin cancer combined, so it’s a real hidden killer, I suppose,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s staggering the amount of people that don’t realise how many people are affected by it and what the outcomes are.
‘‘Longevity and the likelihood of surviving isn’t great when it comes to kidney disease because if you can’t clean your blood, you’re in trouble.’’
To buy a raffle ticket to support children living with kidney disease, pop into Cobram Panel Works and speak to Mark.
❝It kills more people than breast cancer and skin cancer combined, so it’s a real hidden killer, I suppose. It’s staggering the amount of people that don’t realise how many people are affected by it and what the outcomes are.❞
Long-time servants to kidney disease: 2017 Kidney Kar Rally winners, navigator Mark Haberfield and driver Gerard Warrin, in the Team Macheda car.