Bag a bar­gain at an­nual Stawell spree

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Or­gan­is­ers of a Stawell shop­ping spree on Fri­day night have en­cour­aged the re­gion’s res­i­dents to bag a bar­gain while sup­port­ing an im­por­tant cause.

Stawell Re­gional Health Y-zetts pres­i­dent Meg Blake said the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s an­nual ‘lo­cal shop­ping spree’, now in its 15th year, was a win-win sit­u­a­tion for all in­volved.

“This is a won­der­ful com­mu­nity event that has been well sup­ported for many years,” she said.

“The con­cept is to en­cour­age peo­ple to ‘shop lo­cal’ and keep money in the re­gion.

“The event also raises money for the Stawell hos­pi­tal.”

Par­tic­i­pat­ing traders will of­fer up to 20 per­cent off across their stores, with some of­fer­ing up to 50 per­cent off spe­cific items.

Mrs Blake said 17 busi­nesses had signed up for this year’s event. “It is just so much fun,” she said. “Last year we had 230 shop­pers, which is a lot of foot traf­fic for busi­nesses.

“Peo­ple can shop the week prior and put things aside, but they aren’t al­lowed to buy them un­til the night.

“Then on the night they might find other things they like. Also, they might be lucky enough to win one of the $25 vouch­ers do­nated by each busi­ness, which means they will en­ter the shop again.”

The shop­ping spree starts at 6pm and tick­ets cost $20 from par­tic­i­pat­ing stores.

Mrs Blake said last year’s spree raised more than $5500 for the hos­pi­tal.

“It is an im­por­tant fundraiser,” she said.

“This year the money will go to­wards a or­thopaedic saw.

“We’re do­ing a lot of hips and things at the hos­pi­tal now and sur­geons re­quire the best tech­nol­ogy.

“The more pro­ce­dures we can do in the re­gion, rather than peo­ple hav­ing to travel away, the bet­ter.”

Mrs Blake at­trib­uted the event’s longevity to wide­spread sup­port from busi­nesses and the com­mu­nity.

“North­ern Grampians Shire Coun­cil has been sup­port­ing us this year, which is great, and we are also grate­ful to the me­dia for get­ting the word out,” she said.

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