Auction extravaganza bigger than Ben Hur

Showing off one the cars that will be auctioned at the Combined Charities Auction Extravaganza in May are organisers David Barnes, Bob Barnes and Keith Parry (front) with charity representatives (l-r) Marcia Smith from St Vincents Hospital Rehabilitation Unit, Rosemary Price from the Summerland House With No Steps, Jason Clarke and Jim Crethar from the Lismore PCYC, Meg Gordon from Lismore Challenge and Tony Madden from Summerland Early Intervention.

The Rotary Club of Lismore West is striving to raise $100,000 for local charities from an auction extravaganza in May, which the club hopes will be the biggest event of its kind ever held in regional NSW.

Offers of help have been pouring in and items up for grabs already include new cars, flat screen televisions, holidays, helicopter and harley rides, sporting memorabilia and even an all-expenses paid wedding at St Andrews Anglican Church.

Auction organiser Bob Barnes said the local charities to benefit will be Lismore Challenge, Summerland Early Intervention, the Lismore PCYC, St Vincents Hospital Rehabilitation Unit, the Summerland House With No Steps and associated charities of the Rotary Club of Lismore West. As most people would be aware state and federal funding is never enough to make ends meet, and Bob said the Rotary Club wanted to help some of the many organisations that enrich the lives of people within the local community.

Were looking for people to support us by making donations and buying a ticket to the event, although theyre selling fast so wed urge people to get in now rather than later, Bob said. We have already received remarkable support in the form of donations, including a dinner for six at Parliament House in Sydney from Thomas George and a seven-day holiday for two in New Zealand donated by Harvey World Travel.

The Combined Charities Auction Extravaganza will be held at the Lismore Workers Club on Saturday, May 13. It costs $50 per head, which includes a complimentary drink, a special menu, full table service and entertainment.

To book phone the Lismore Workers Club on 6621 7401. For info or to donate items for auction phone Bob on 6624 2233 or 0415 663 787.


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