Community Chest donations focus on local health activities

June 18, 2016

The Bingara Fitness Centre and the Bingara Swimming Club both got a welcome boost to their operating funds when they were presented with cheques, courtesy of the Bingara IGA Community Chest,recently.

“We are excited to be able to promote health and wellness in the region,” Karen Bishton, who with her husband John, owns and operates Bingara IGA, said.

President of the Swimming Club, Nicole Dixon, said the $200 from IGA would go towards the purchase of a Speedo fast clock to record accurate swimming times.

“The Swimming Club is very strong, largely due to coach, Elita Ayra, who has made a big difference,” Nicole said.

The Swimming Club was also recently successful in receiving State Government funding.

President of the Fitness Centre committee, Casey McClymont, was also delighted to receive a $500 cheque from Mr and Mrs Bishton.

“Bingara IGA is the major sponsor of the fun run, to be held on the morning of the Bingara Orange Festival, July 2,” Casey said. “The money will be used for marketing and prizes for the fun run.” This year, the fun run will include a four x 1km toga themed relay with competitors running between the Council offices and the Sporting Club.

As well, the 10km, 5km and 2km runs will be held, as they have for the past couple of years. The fun run starts at 7.30am, and has to be finished by 9.30 or 10am.

The event aims to attract both serious runners and others who want to take part purely for fun. Both Mr and Mrs Bishton are keen to promote health related activities in Bingara.