Raffle a win-win for local businesses and community groups

Raffle a win-win for local businesses and community groups

A new raffle led by Gladstone Chamber of Commerce & Industry (GCCI) and Queensland Alumina Limited (QAL) is proving to be a win-win for local businesses and community groups.

The Monster Raffle, an online community fundraising initiative, is raising money for seven local not-for-profits including Gladstone Region Communities for Children (CfC), Bella the Brave, Gladstone Touch Association, Tannum Sands Kindergarten, Gladstone Seafarers Centre, Gladstone Athletics Club and Kookaburra Creek Kindergarten.

“We’re really excited about the opportunity the Monster Raffle presents for our community,” GCCI Committee President Joe Smith said.

“With QAL’s support we’ve been able to purchase eight prize packs, with a total value of $13,000, from small local businesses, community events such as The Boyne Tannum HookUp and Under the Trees Festival, and sporting associations.

“On top of this when people buy their tickets, they will be able to, from a drop-down menu, specify where they want the money from their purchase to go to, with everything going back to our beneficiaries.”

QAL General Manager Pine Pienaar said QAL, as Gladstone’s largest employer, had been an active community member for the past 55 years, and the raffle was a fantastic opportunity to showcase “our ongoing commitment to being here for many years to come”.

“Our traditional sponsorship and donations to the community, in addition to the financial business support we offer through the Here for Gladstone program, have a more structured approach to the kinds of funding we provide,” he said.

“This raffle has afforded us the opportunity to support smaller organisations within the community who previously may not have been eligible for the funding we’ve had available.”

CfC Executive Officer Wendy Morris said any funds their organisation raised through the Monster Raffle will be used to pay for programs and resources that directly support parents and carers in the Gladstone Region.

“We’re very humbled to be given this opportunity as we have seen a significant increase in the number of people accessing our programs and services, between 2020 and last year this figure went from 295 to 608,” she said.

Katie Jobson from Tannum Sands Kindergarten said they planned to utilise the funds raised from the raffle to update their old, leaking irrigation system.

“This will help the Kindy reduce water-use and also better maintain our outdoor play area for our children,” she said.

“If we’re able to raise enough we would also like to enhance our Indigenous Education Program, as we would love our children to and families to learn about the connection to country that the Byelle, Gooreng Gooreng, Gurang and Taribelang Bunda nations have to Koongo, place of water, and Yallarm, place of shells.”

Monster Raffle tickets cost $5 each and can be purchased via www.rafflelink.com.au/gccimonsterraffle, or by scanning the QR code on this page.

The full list of prizes up for grabs, which includes a first prize of a $5,000 Solahart Gladstone voucher, is available via the website.

The raffle will close and be drawn during QAL’s 55 Year Community Family Fun Day at Gladstone South State School on September 25.