Op shop mega raf­fle to sup­port cinema

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

Des­per­ate to see the Co­bram com­mu­nity cinema project come to fruition, Co­bram Youth Op Shop has started a mega raf­fle with the help of lo­cal busi­nesses.

Close to 50 prizes are on of­fer, with jew­ellery, Esky’s, home ap­pli­ances and an air­con­di­tioner some items up for grabs.

So far, the Youth Op Shop has al­ready do­nated $50 000 to the project and is plan­ning to do­nate a fur­ther $50 000.

The brains trust be­hind the raf­fle are op shop vol­un­teers Dee Cleese and An­nette Faulkner, who have been ask­ing busi­nesses to do­nate.

Mrs Cleese said she had been taken back by the re­sponse from all sec­tions of the com­mu­nity.

‘‘All the busi­nesses and lo­cals have just been fan­tas­tic,’’ she said.

‘‘As soon as you men­tion that the raf­fle tick­ets and any do­nated prizes are go­ing to­ward the new cinema, ev­ery­body seems to jump at the chance to con­trib­ute be­cause they all seem to think we des­per­ately need one in town.’’

Mrs Cleese said the fact peo­ple in Co­bram and Ba­rooga had been wait­ing so long for a new cinema made it easy to get them in­volved.

‘‘I went to the an­nual meet­ing and chat­ted with Rob Morey (sec­re­tary-trea­surer of Co­bram Cinema Com­mu­nity Inc.) and asked him if I could do a raf­fle to sup­port the cinema and he was more than happy to al­low me to go ahead with it,’’ she said.

‘‘Rob amount scenes has done a huge of work be­hind the and we (op shop) thought it would be nice to get in­volved and sup­port him.’’

Mrs Cleese said $2000 had al­ready been do­nated to the cause sep­a­rate to the raf­fle.

She said raf­fle tick­ets would be sold at IGA to­mor­row and at Strath­mer­ton Bak­ery on Oc­to­ber 13, while a date at Wool­worths was

If peo­ple can­not make it to those dates, tick­ets are be­ing sold at Am­bi­ence Bak­ery, Co­bram Bak­ery, D’Vine Ideas and Co­bram Youth Op Shop.

The raf­fle will be drawn on De­cem­ber 10. to be con­firmed.

Sup­port needed: Youth Op Shop vol­un­teers Dee Cleese, Deb­bie Johns and An­nette Faulkner with the dis­play of prizes avail­able in the mega raf­fle.

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