The Slim Dusty Centre has raised $9128 for the Rotary Australia drought appeal over the last few months.
The funds were raised through a raffle the centre has been running since September with the prize being a handcrafted red Nulla Cedar sourced from Slim’s boyhood home Homewood.
Local Kevin Farrawell said the idea to craft a box and raffle it off came about through wanting to do his part for the farmers out west.
“It was just a good thing to do. We make these boxes to sell at the Slim Dusty Festival and we wanted to have a raffle to raise funds for the farmers,” Mr Farrawell said.
“We wanted to do something to help the farmers and thought one of the timber boxes would be a good prize.”
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Staff and volunteers from the Slim Dusty Centre have helped promote the raffle and sold tickets throughout the past three months.
“We can get up to $4000 for one of the boxes at the Slim Dusty Festival, so to get over $9000 to help the farmers out west, it’s incredible,” Mr Farrawell said.
“It was a mammoth effort from everyone who was involved in raising the funds. The community really got behind it.”
“We would like to thank the community for supporting this cause and for donating as well as purchasing tickets, it’s really incredible.”