Plenty un­der the tree!

Stratford Press - - News - By ILONA HANNE

Christ­mas came early for Karen Monk, who will strug­gle to fit all her presents un­der the tree this year.

Karen was the win­ner of the an­nual Strat­ford Lions Christ­mas Stock­ing raf­fle, from a book of raf­fle tick­ets she bought at the Strat­ford A&P Show last month.

“I al­ways try to sup­port the lions, so I nor­mally buy a book of raf­fle tick­ets, but I cer­tainly didn’t imag­ine I would win this year.”

Karen says she is thrilled with the win, and was look­ing for­ward to un­pack­ing the huge pile of good­ies.

“I can see some Cal­tex vouch­ers in there. That is great as I drive to Strat­ford from In­gle­wood ev­ery day for work!” Robin Love, the Strat­ford Lions mem­ber who sold the most tick­ets this year, says the raf­fle is a great fundraiser to sell.

“I al­ways tell peo­ple there are no losers with the Christ­mas Stock­ing raf­fle. Not only do we have a huge first prize, but we also have a great sec­ond prize, and all the prof­its from the fundraiser go straight back into the com­mu­nity, so ev­ery­one wins in a way.”

Lions sold 7500 tick­ets this year, some­thing Pe­ter Death, pres­i­dent of the Strat­ford Lions, says, thanks to the hard work of their mem­bers.

“It is made eas­ier though, thanks to the great items do­nated by lo­cal busi­nesses to go in the stock­ing. From full tool sets to vouch­ers there re­ally is some­thing for ev­ery­one. Even as we were go­ing around sell­ing tick­ets, we were be­ing handed more items to in­clude,”

Pe­ter says once print­ing and other costs are taken out, the raf­fle will have raised over $6000 for the com­mu­nity.

“That money doesn’t leave Strat­ford — it all goes into Lions projects in the area in one way or an­other.”

Pe­ter (left) and Robin (right) were thrilled to hand over the gi­ant prize to Karen last week.

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