Grand Central Hotel punters are drumming up support for the annual Christmas raffle, raising money for the Royal Children's Hospital.RIAHN SMITH December 11, 2013 4:00am
Christmas giving: The Grand Central Hotel's owner Chitar Pongpornrat and punters Ralph Jarratt and Damian Connelly are running their annual Christmas raffle to raise money for Royal Children's Hospital.
The annual Grand Central Hotel Christmas raffle is on again, raising much-needed funds for sick children.
Pub punter and raffle organiser Damian Connelly said the proceeds of the raffle, together with funds raised throughout the year, would be donated to the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal.
Mr Connelly, who has been hitting the streets to drum up support, said buying a ticket, or five, was a great way to give back to the community.
‘‘My kid has been in the hospital down there, but it’s not just about him, it’s about the charity,’’ Mr Connelly said.
‘‘It’s the one event of the year that I can really get involved in, and have a good time doing it.
‘‘So if anyone knocks on your door this week, it’s for a good cause.
Mr Connelly said the prizes included hundreds of dollars worth of auto-services, food and petrol vouchers and electrical items, donated by local businesses.
He said tickets were $1 each, or five for $6 and were available for purchase at the Grand Central Hotel.
The raffle will be drawn on Thursday, December 12, from 7
‘‘The money really does help a lot of kids,’’ Mr Connelly said.
‘‘It builds programs for them in hospital so they’re not as bored while they’re there and it helps bring in better equipment to make sure they’re diagnosed properly and get the help they need.
‘‘We’re grateful for the support of the local businesses and community.’’
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