Daugh­ter brings home top raf­fle prize

Com­mu­nity backs char­ity

The Western Star - - NEWS - James Liveris [email protected]­ern­starnews.com

A MITCHELL fam­ily has won a cam­phor lau­rel blan­ket box after Zo Ed­g­ley bought a ticket in the Hand, Heat, Pocket char­ity raf­fle at the week­end.

The Mitchell Freema­sons and Mitchell Men’s Shed ran a com­bined raf­fle dur­ing Novem­ber box to raise money for men’s men­tal and phys­i­cal health, with the grand prize be­ing drawn at the Men’s Shed sausage siz­zle on Satur­day.

Mitchell Freema­sons Lodge sec­re­tary and trea­surer Bill Saul said it was great the prize went to a lo­cal res­i­dent.

“When the mother of the Ed­g­ley fam­ily was buy­ing a ticket, she ex­pressed how amaz­ing it would be to win the blan­ket box,” he said.

“In the end it came down to her young daugh­ter Zo, who bought a ticket and won it for the fam­ily, which was a great re­sult.”

Mitchell Men’s Shed Steve Gold­ner made the blan­ket from do­nated cam­phor lau­rel tim­ber.

“I re­ally en­joyed do­ing that sort of tim­ber work, it was a great project even just do­ing it on a vol­un­teer ba­sis was fun,” he said.

“It was great help­ing out with the char­ity work be­cause it was good for the com­mu­nity but also to be out there meet­ing new peo­ple and talk­ing to them as we were sell­ing tick­ets.”

Mr Gold­ner said he was over­whelmed with the sup­port from the Mitchell com­mu­nity.

“We had huge amount of peo­ple do­nat­ing and buy­ing tick­ets,” he said.

“The Mitchell peo­ple are very gen­er­ous with lo­cal char­i­ties.

“It’s great to see. “I per­son­ally de­liv­ered the box to the Ed­g­ley fam­ily, and they were very pleased that they had won it, very happy.

“It was very re­ward­ing and sat­is­fy­ing see­ing the fam­ily pleased with the box.”

Mr Saul said Hand, Heart, Pocket was a char­ity of the Freema­sons Queens­land, part­ner­ing with the Men’s Shed Aus­tralia As­so­ci­a­tion to make men more aware of their men­tal and phys­i­cal health.

“We would like to thank the com­mu­nity of Mitchell for their gen­eros­ity,” he said.

“The man that ran the raf­fle and or­gan­ised ev­ery­thing and made the cam­phor lau­rel box, Steve Gold­ner, would have to be one the kind­est and most gen­er­ous men out there.

“A lot of our mem­bers are out on prop­er­ties so it is not the eas­i­est thing to co­or­di­nate and Steve put his hand up and was happy to run things and he did a great job.”

Mr Saul said it was great work­ing with the Men’s Shed and he hoped it would be some­thing they can do again some­time soon.

PHOTO: MITCHELL MEN'S SHED

RAF­FLE WIN­NER: Zo Ed­g­ley with her new cam­phor lau­rel blan­ket box.

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