Un­cle Bob’s Club needs more helpers

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

A small but hard-work­ing group has been busily rais­ing funds for chil­dren’s health lo­cally in re­cent years.

But they are look­ing for ex­tra help to con­tinue their good work in the com­mu­nity.

At its re­cent an­nual gen­eral meeting, three peo­ple were elected to a small but hard-work­ing com­mit­tee. Karen Lin­dorff has been elected pres­i­dent and Kevin Pot­ter will act as sec­re­tary/trea­surer, while Robert Kip­pen has joined as a gen­eral com­mit­tee mem­ber.

Un­cle Bob’s Club state pres­i­dent Paul Ether­ing­ton said the lo­cal West Gipp­s­land branch was try­ing to gen­er­ate more vol­un­teers and ac­tive mem­bers.

“We’re hop­ing peo­ple can put their hand up to join and keep up the good work,” he said.

In De­cem­ber of 1941, while the world was at war, a raf­fle book was passed around the Rivers­dale Ho­tel in Hawthorn. The money raised would be do­nated to the chil­dren’s hospi­tal to ben­e­fit the or­thopaedic sec­tion.

Four men at the bar that night were so moved, they de­cided to form a group to raise money for the Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal, year-round. They would go for a round each week at a cost of a shilling (a bob), and the Un­cle Bob’s Club was born.

While the main arm of the char­ity sup­ports the Royal Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal, with the char­ity hand­ing over more than $500,000 to it last year, Mr Ether­ing­ton said the char­ity also sup­ported other hos­pi­tals with a fo­cus on chil­dren’s health.

“In par­tic­u­lar we like sup­port­ing the re­gional hos­pi­tals, and we have been sup­port­ing the hospi­tal in War­ragul con­tin­u­ally for quite some time,” he said.

“Our motto has been ‘Lo­cal giv­ing to lo­cal health’.

“We en­sure that money raised in Vic­to­ria stays in Vic­to­ria, and money raised lo­cally stays in War­ragul.

“Some of the money raised lo­cally is re­turned to the chil­dren’s ward at West Gipp­s­land Hospi­tal.

“This money is in form of equip­ment re­quested by the hospi­tal.”

The West Gipp­s­land branch of the Un­cle Bob’s Club is cel­e­brat­ing its 50th year.

“We’ve got a fan­tas­tic group of peo­ple work­ing in the com­mu­nity and rais­ing money,” Mr Ether­ing­ton said.

“Of course our main fundraiser is the Good Fri­day appeal.

“We’re well sup­ported by gen­er­ous lo­cals and lo­cal busi­nesses, who sup­port what we’re do­ing.”

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