Rotary raise over $30,000
Posted at 6:55am Thursday 05 Nov, 2020 | By Pat Deavoll email@example.com
The Rotary Club of Wānaka raised over $30,000 from its charity fundraising events in October.
The Club carried out two of its signature annual events: the Rotary Club of Wānaka Book Sale and the Rotary Club of Wānaka Duck Race.
The book sale, held at the Lake Wanaka Centre from October 2-4, raised over $15,000 which Club president Mike Elliot said was an extraordinary effort.
“We weren't sure how the book sale would go this year with all the disruption, but when the books started flowing in we thought this was going to be big,” Elliot said.
More than two-thirds of a container of books were sold in the sale, which Elliot said was the biggest for some time.
The Club's annual duck race took place on Saturday, October 24 with 1,500 tickets sold to the public and more than 120 corporate ducks sold to businesses.
Elliot said sales went very well this year. “We had a great response, it is just one of those events which capture the imagination and is something all the family can do,” he said.
Final calculations were underway, but the duck race would have raised more than $15,000, Elliot said.
“We're very pleased with total funds raised and thankful for the great support from the community. Funds would be used for local needs as well as some overseas causes like funding emergency response kits,” he said.
Elliot said the Club would now take a “breather”, with plans already underway for a summer book sale from January 2-7, 2021 to raise funds for the Mount Aspiring College hardship fund.
Read edition 999 of the Wānaka Sun here.