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.