The Tatura Guardian - - Front Page - By Tara Whitsed

The Com­mu­nity Fund Goul­burn Val­ley is aim­ing to raise $50 000 with its Mon­ster Com­mu­nity Raf­fle, which will be drawn in Novem­ber.

Tick­ets for the raf­fle— run in con­junc­tion with the Audi Cen­tre of Shep­par­ton — have been on sale since the end of June at $2 from par­tic­i­pat­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Com­mu­nity Fund GV chief ex­ec­u­tive Ch­eryl Ham­mer said half of the pro­ceeds went back into the fund and half went to four par­tic­i­pat­ing lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions.

‘‘We’ve got Con­nect GV, the Ro­tary Club of Shep­par­ton, Shep­par­ton Food­share and the Shep­par­ton Bears Foot­ball Net­ball Club on board and they will re­ceive $1 from every ticket sold,’’ she said.

Ms Ham­mer said the raf­fle gave the or­gan­i­sa­tions an op­por­tu­nity to raise money as well as sup­port the Com­mu­nity Fund GV.

The ma­jor prize — a $39 000 drive-away Audi A1 four-door hatch — was do­nated by the Audi Cen­tre of Shep­par­ton.

Ms Ham­mer said the do­na­tion went above and be­yond the gen­eros­ity her or­gan­i­sa­tion had ex­pected.

Dealer prin­ci­pal Ja­son Sher­lock said it was a good op­por­tu­nity for the deal­er­ship to en­gage with the com­mu­nity.

‘‘You’ve got to be a part of the com­mu­nity,’’ he said.

Mr Sher­lock added that his com­pany was due to bring Jaguar and Land Rover deal­er­ships to the town by March next year.

Ms Ham­mer said com­mu­nity mem­bers could ex­pect to see the Audi A1 out and about in the com­ing months at var­i­ous events and mar­kets as well as at River­side Plaza in Kialla.

‘‘Peo­ple will get a chance to see it and check it out,’’ she said.

Ticket hold­ers will also get a chance to win sec­ond prize — a white goods pack­age of­fered by The Good Guys — and the third prize, which is a $1000 Cal­tex fuel card.

Ms Ham­mer en­cour­aged peo­ple to buy tick­ets from par­tic­i­pat­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions and groups or from the Com­mu­nity Fund GV.

She said Con­nec­tGV and Shep­par­ton Food­share hoped to raise $10 000 each as a re­sult of their par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Mon­ster Com­mu­nity Raf­fle.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.thecom­mu­ni­ty­

Pic­ture: Holly Cur­tis

Ready to roll: Ja­son Sher­lock and Ch­eryl Ham­mer check out the prized Audi A1.

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