Auc­tion raises needed funds for ju­nior mem­bers

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

ALMOST $4000 was raised at the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club’s off­beach auc­tion held on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 24.

Or­gan­is­ers de­scribed the event – a fundraiser for ju­nior mem­bers of the sail­ing club, as a com­plete suc­cess.

Money raised will be do­nated to five ju­niors – Bren­dan Hoff­man, Lach­lin McCon­nel, Ai­dan and Ty Gum­mow and Hamish Swain.

It will be used to help the sailors with the cost of at­tend­ing their re­spec­tive cham­pi­onships in Western Aus­tralia early next year.

Bren­dan and Lach­lin, both 29’er sailors will be con­test­ing the Na­tional ti­tles in Jer­voise Bay, while Op­ti­mist sailors Ai­dan, Ty and Hamish will com­pete in the Aus­tralian Op­ti­mist Cham­pi­onships, hosted by Free­man­tle Sail­ing Club.

The par­ents of the sailors thanked the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club for their on­go­ing support and were also ex­tremely grate­ful to the lo­cal busi­nesses in both Air­lie Beach and Bowen that do­nated items to auc­tion on the night.

SET­TING SAIL FOR NA­TION­ALS: Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club ju­niors Lach­lan McCon­nel, 15, Ai­dan Gum­mow, 13, Hamish Swain, 12, Ty Gum­mow and Bren­dan Hoff­man, 14, with a paint­ing do­nated by Michelle Lang as part of the club's fundrais­ing auc­tion on Fri­day night.

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