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Cobram Fun Day helps CFA
Cobram's Fun Day on 28 April was a great success. The local community turned out to support CFA and SES, raising much-needed funds for them.
By Ritchies Supa IGA Cobram Manager Mandy Hawke
The day went extremely well. Unfortunately, Ritchies CEO Fred Harrison was unable to attend but Chris Nanos and Phil Thomas from Ritchies head office made the trip from Melbourne to support us on the day.
Phil took on Fred’s role in drawing the monster raffle and he thanked all the suppliers who donated raffle prizes.
The support for both the show bags and monster raffle was fantastic and much appreciated, though making the 500 show bags wasn't an easy task!
Local CFA and SES members displayed their vehicles and support trailers. These guys did a great job getting up close with the community and helping in every way.
Usually the only time that people get to meet the volunteers is at a road accident or a fire, so it was great to have them there handing out information and the local community appreciated the opportunity to meet them and ask questions.
Local schools and scouts were involved in selling drinks and doughnuts and Year 12 kids from the high school had a choc toss. Ritchies supplied the jumping castle and face painter free of charge.
The monster raffle and BBQ (which was run jointly by CFA and SES) raised $3,400 which will be used to buy equipment for their units.
Local performers entertained the crowd throughout the day on the stage, and to show our support for the suppliers who made the raffle possible, we displayed their names near the stage.
The stalls run by school groups and scouts raised just over $1,000 and, based on the comments in school newsletters over the past week, the cash was much appreciated.
The huge winners on the day were the costume characters, who the kids loved. Seeing six characters at the front of the stage trying to dance was quite a sight.
The only thing we lacked were suppliers available to do food tastings. I realise we're a long way from Melbourne, but all that's needed is a small marquee, some products to sample and a motivated person to promote the product.
Not a lot happens in the country and events such as our Fun Day make a big impact on the locals. Tastings help to promote a product and I hope we can sort some out for next year's Fun Day.
I would like to give special thanks to all the suppliers who helped with our Fun Day.
We can relax for a while until I get the tap on the shoulder from Fred to start all over again for next year.