Do­na­tion mile­stone

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport -

A$20,000 fundrais­ing mile­stone is in sight for an an­nual clay tar­get shoot­ing event.

Na­timuk and Dis­trict Field Game Club and the Coun­try Fire Author­ity will host their 19th CFA Clay Tar­get Shoot on Au­gust 4.

Start­ing from 10.30am, par­tic­i­pants gun­ning for a win will com­pete in a range of cat­e­gories, with a raf­fle help­ing to raise money for the Al­fred Hos­pi­tal Burns Unit.

Na­timuk and Dis­trict Field and Games Club com­mit­tee and life mem­ber Dale Rus­sell said since the event started in 2001, $19,000 had been do­nated to the unit.

He said he hoped fundrais­ing ef­forts at this year’s event could raise the do­na­tion to­tal to $20,000 for a cause that was strongly con­nected to fire-fight­ers and re­gional com­mu­ni­ties.

“Last year, the profit from the raf­fle plus the club’s do­na­tion came to­gether to raise $1900,” he said.

“As CFA mem­bers we have a con­nec­tion with the burns unit, we have had some of our mem­bers burnt or in­jured that have been treated there, and many peo­ple in the area have too.

“So, there’s a con­nec­tion and a lot of peo­ple sup­port the event in that re­gard.”

As well as rais­ing money, Mr Rus­sell said the event was a so­cial op­por­tu­nity for vol­un­teers to gather in a non-emer­gency sit­u­a­tion and par­take in some ‘friendly com­pe­ti­tion’.

He said event cat­e­gories would in­clude a bri­gade ag­gre­gate, three-per­son team event, best shooter of the day, best mem­ber and non-mem­ber, ju­niors and ladies.

“The event builds ca­ma­raderie and mate­ship and brings peo­ple to­gether for a fun day,” he said.

“Char­tered ac­coun­tant firm Green Tay­lor Part­ners to­gether with J and A Shoot­ing Sup­plies are the ma­jor spon­sors of the day.

“We have been able to pur­chase some re­ally great prizes for the open, ladies and ju­nior cat­e­gories, mak­ing it a more worth­while event.

“As in pre­vi­ous years we wel­come any mem­bers of the pub­lic who wish to par­tic­i­pate.”

Mr Rus­sel said en­try was $10 for ju­niors and $25 for se­nior shoot­ers.

The event will be at Na­timuk and Dis­trict Field and Game Club Shoot­ing Ground on Wyn Wyn Road.

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