Crutchers raise big bucks

A successful crutching fundraiser held near Naracoorte last month managed to collect an impressive $1688 over two days for the Naracoorte and Districts Branch of Make-A-Wish Australia.

The fundraiser had its grounding several years ago when Make-A-Wish volunteers Julie Maxted and Mary-Lou Martin teamed up with SE shearing contractor Ian McConnell in a bid to collect much-needed funds for the foundation.

Local Make-A-Wish volunteer Teresa Bignell said the fundraiser was held at Garry and Sue Smith’s ‘Lukeburn’ property.

“Naracoorte and Districts Branch of Make-A-Wish Australia was supported by a very generous team of crutchers and shed hands, who willingly gave up their time for the day,” she said.

“Once again in 2017 we are delighted to thank a wonderful team of crutchers who participated in the external fundraising event, with all proceeds going to the foundation.

“A big thank you goes to Garry and Sue Smith for providing the sheep and to the wonderful team of crutchers, on behalf of our wish children we extend our heartfelt thanks.”

The Naracoorte and Districts Branch of Make-A-Wish Australia has also organised a quiz night fundraiser to be held at the Naracoorte Bowling Club on August 18.

Everyone is welcome to attend the quiz night, which kicks off at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

People are encouraged to get together a table of eight at $10 per head. Bar facilities are available but people are asked to bring their own supper/nibbles.

For bookings, contact Mary-Lou Martin on 0427 662 063.

Make-A-Wish Australia was founded in 1985, and now in its 30th year, has granted over 8000 wishes to children between the ages of three and 18, who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition.

Make-A-Wish wishes give very sick children and teenagers hope for the future, strength to face the challenges of their illness and joy from their incredible wish experience.