A wet but cheerful Matthew Waites and Bridget Zuin at Friday’s collection. Matthew Waites takes a donation from Gaylene Cavanagh.
ARARAT – The Ararat community again show its generosity with the first 65 Roses Day a huge success.
The Ararat total raised on the day was $4,070.15, which will go towards vital research and services that help extend the lives of Australians with Cystic Fibrosis.
Bridget Zuin, who helped organise the fundraising said the response from the local community was overwhelming.
“I spoke to the manager of Cystic Fibrosis Victoria and we were one of his best results and we even beat some of the Melbourne suburbs,” she said.
“It is absolutely overwhelming, as a small community we do tend to pull together and support these types of causes which is great, but not just that, the amount of people who donated on the highway who have been affected by Cystic Fibrosis through either a family member or friend was just amazing.”
Tin shakers at the intersections of High and Vincent and Vincent and Barkly streets braved wintry conditions all day to collect loose change from motorists, while merchandise and raffle tickets were sold out the front of Bendigo Bank from 9am-5pm.
Ms Zuin said the volunteer collectors began with eight tins, but had to make a quick dash to the shops to buy more, with 16 and a half being filled by the end of the day.
“All the organisation pays off when you see the end result,” she said.
“We need to find a cure and obviously it is a cause close to my heart with my niece having Cystic Fibrosis and my sister has another baby on the way with CF, that’s why we need to double the amount raised next year!”
“A massive thank you needs to go to all the volunteers and everyone who donated their time, money or both, I am lost for words at the generosity,” she said.
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