Raffle winner’s kind gesture

The winner of the Eden Men’s Shed raffle is donating his prizes to Eden Public School in the hope they will go to a child in need, or be raffled off again to raise money for the school.

Men’s Shed member Terry Elliott had his ticket drawn out by Eden IGA owner Con Castrissios on Wednesday morning, winning a Malvern Star mountain bike and a Schwinn children’s tricycle donated by fellow Men’s Shed member Jim Gall.

Terry immediately went across the road to speak to former Eden Public School P&C president Donna Gray, who said she would happily pass the bikes on.

“I’ve got no use for them, so hopefully the school can give them to kids who need them or raffle them off,” Terry said.

Jim said he and Terry had been selling raffle tickets outside Eden IGA every Thursday for the past six weeks, raising around $1500 for the Men’s Shed.

He said the money would be put towards buying new equipment for the Men’s Shed, and thanked Con for his support.

“It was a very successful raffle and I’m very happy with the result,” Jim said.

“Con has been wonderfully helpful in storing the bikes here for us and bringing them out every Thursday for us to sell tickets.

“I must also thank Eden Gas & Gear and Betty Buckland for having a jar out for our collection.”

Men’s Shed president Jack Dickenson said the funds raised would be a great help to the members.

“We fund everything ourselves, and we don’t like to load the guys up with costs,” Jack said.

“A lot of them are on pensions, so it’s good to be able to get new things without putting pressure on our members.”

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