Trappers donate $10,000 to local groups
BALLINA Rabbit Trappers Social Bowls Club donated $10,000 to 10 Ballina community organisations yesterday.
The club's annual Donation Day was held at Cherry Street Sports, Ballina and was well attended - attracting dozens of the trappers' hundred-plus members.
Donations of $1000 each went to Volunteer Marine Rescue Ballina, Westpac Rescue Helicopter, Ballina Hospital Auxiliary, Camp Quality, Ballina SES, Riding for the Disabled, Paradise FM, Ballina Jet Rescue Boat Service, St Andrew's and local surf lifesavers.
"It's the charity aspect of the club that is really popular with all of our members, as well as the social side of things," Trappers committee member Andy Anderton said.
"We wouldn't have the membership we have if we didn't have such close ties with these groups.
"You've got to support these organisations because they're not funded and it's possible you'll need their help at some point."
Mr Anderton thanked the trappers' members and Ballina Bowling and Recreation Club for their support of Donation Day.
Appearing on stage to present the donations, emotional trappers' president Jim Pike said he was proud to be part of one of the best groups of people he'd ever met.
Meanwhile, Trappers are attempting to recreate the club's early history. Contact Mr Anderton on 0422 550 690 if you can help.