Sporting Club President, Tim Cox, accepted the award for The Event of the Year, the Raylene Fund-raiser, but noted it was not the Sporting Club’s event, but the work of the community coming together.
Accepting the award, an emotional Mr. Cox said the event, to raise money for loved Sporting club staff member and prominent community member, Raylene Barton, who suffered terminal cancer. Sadly, Raylene passed away shortly after the event was held.
The event was nominated for the effort of pulling the whole Bingara Community together for a special cause.
It showed how close and caring the community of Bingara is and what can be achieved by this amazing town for its people.
The organisers of this event managed to not only deliver an amazing fund-raising evening, the whole of Bingara came on board for the event with donations, add on events and community displays of unity for the cause.
The event organisers were very proud to receive news of a parliamentary mention by the Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall, which was followed by a personal letter of acknowledgement addressed to the committee and town.
The Bingara Sporting Club were the winners of the Gwydir Shire Large Business of the Year award for 2017. In their nomination Raelene’s Fund-raiser event was acknowledged as their most outstanding achievement for 2017.
All sectors and demographics of the community pledged support and the event really raised the profile of cancer awareness and the need to find a cure.