For the first time since its inception, the Coonabarabran Yabbie Races “Cup” has been won by the charity benefiting from the event - Palliative 4 People.
After being outbid on a number of crustaceans on Sunday, 23 October, the Palliative 4 People syndicate pooled their money to successfully purchase “Scotch on the Rocks”.
The in-form yabbie went on to win the hotly contested “Cup”, collecting $1790 prize money.
The syndicate swiftly donated their winnings back to the Palliative 4 People charity, bringing the total amount raised on the day to $9300.
Palliative 4 People spokesperson, Jane McWhirter, thanked the Yabbie Racing committee and the community for supporting their cause.
“To date, we have received donations of approximately $25,000 - completely exceeding our expectations,” Mrs McWhirter said.
“The group is committed to raising funds to establish a palliative care ward at Coonabarabran Health Service.
“Our aim is to provide an environment for patients and families to help them feel comfortable and settled in their last days of life.”
In addition to a major raffle being conducted at the front of Woolworths each Thursday and Friday, tickets are also selling fast for “The Event”, a special fund-raiser to be held at the Coonabarabran Town Hall on Saturday, 19 November.
The Event will showcase the unique talent residing in the region, from bagpipes to comedy.
“We’ve got performers from Break Thru, the champion league-tag women’s team and the one and only, Terry Hadfield, to name a few.
“Over half the tables have been booked, so don’t delay in getting your table organised and paid for, because we are sure the show will sell out...we can only fit in so many!”
Tickets are currently on sale at Prezzies - $25 per head, tables of 10. Bring your own basket supper. A bar will be in operation.
Palliative 4 People volunteers Julie Morrissey, Jo Redden, Jane McWhirter, and Tanya and Kindelan Murray, were thrilled to accept a donation of $9300 donation from the Coonabarabran Yabbie Racing Committee on Sunday, 23 October.