Ray and Lola Ingram with Terry Mortimer from the Life Saver Rescue Helicopter.
Ray and Lola Ingram with Terry Mortimer from the Life Saver Rescue Helicopter.

Ray's on a mission

Ray Ingram knows how to organise a good feed. The Uniting Church volunteer has been running the delightfully titled ’Ray’s Mission Breakfast’ five times a year for the last eight years to raise money for the church and occasionally other charities.

The breakfasts started as an outreach program and were dreamed up by a relieving Minister, who had run similar fundraising breakfasts in London.

“The first breakfast we had was at a cattle station with about 30 people,” Ray said. “We had five again last year our smallest had 98 people and our biggest about 145 people. If there’s under a 100 we consider it a bad breakfast,” he said earnestly.

Ray’s wife of 59 years Lola hosts the breakfasts and for just $10per person (or $20 for a family – “we don’t like to charge kids,” Ray says) you can enjoy a full hot breakfast, cereals, preserved fruits, tea, coffee, juice and toast.

The breakfasts are often held around the region in country halls but the next event is on Saturday, April 30, in the Harry Greaves auditorium upstairs at the Red Dove (80 Keen Street) and part proceeds will go to the Life Saver Rescue Helicopter.

“We raise money for the Uniting Church and we buy things like security cameras. Someone stole a recorder from the officer and the police picked up on the camera who it was and they were caught, so that paid for itself. Recently however we decided to do a one-off fundraiser for the floods at Tabulam,” Ray explained. “We chose the helicopter service this time because we feel it’s a very important part of the city of Lismore. What I’m hearing is it relies on donations and people got a hammering with the floods and things, and they can only give so much, so we thought we’d donate from the breakfast. The helicopter service is a bit like water – we can’t do without it.”

The breakfast begins promptly at 8am and as Ray said, “absolutely anyone and everyone is welcome”.

To RSVP for catering purposes, phone Ray on 21 6165 or the church office on 6621 5801.



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