Serendipity says chilly weather might have iced fundraising effort

COLD HARD CASH: Rosemary Austin makes a donation to Serendipity's Susan Goodwin and Leanne Dunston on the weekend. Photo: Peter Hardin 120518PHA015
COLD HARD CASH: Rosemary Austin makes a donation to Serendipity's Susan Goodwin and Leanne Dunston on the weekend. Photo: Peter Hardin 120518PHA015

THE weekend’s cold-snap might have slightly iced Serendipity’s fundraising efforts, but the committee still believed it was a successful day.

President Liney Manning said the local charity didn’t raise as much as it hoped, but insisted the tireless efforts of its volunteers would still result in a win for the community.

“Because locals look after locals and that’s what we, in Serendipity, do,” Mrs Manning said.

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“We support the North West Cancer Centre, BreastScreen and local facilities like that and, on occasion, individuals who might need a bit of assistance if they’ve been met with the terrible circumstance of cancer.”

Mrs Manning said the final tally from Saturday’s effort wasn’t yet known, but said the annual drive wouldn’t have been possible without volunteers who braved the elements.

While Serendipity members rattled the buckets at shopping centres and sporting fields, Mrs Manning said she’d like council to consider the approval of a second fundraising spot on Peel Street.

“You don’t move from the post office, if [council] gave us, and other charities, a second spot it would be wonderful and it would widen the exposure,” Mrs Manning said.

The president said it was possible there were too many charities vying donations dollars.

“I think it’s possible, but I don’t know how you counteract it,” Mrs Manning said.

“We try and keep away from the politics of things.

“We support the Cancer Council, it does a fantastic job, and it’s fantastic we got a McGrath Foundation nurse, they’re the two major organisations we would support.”

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