THE survival of the Scone Neighbourhood Resource Centre is paramount.
And, manager Lee Watts hopes the local community feels the same way.
That’s why she’s calling on residents and business houses for their support.
“We receive just over $70,000 from the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) – and have to generate the rest of the money to keep it operational,” she said.
“It’s the reason we’re having another fundraising auction [at the Scone RSL Club] on Saturday, February 17.
“It was a fun night in 2017 and I am sure it will be even better this year.”
The event, 12 months ago, raised $14,000 – an important amount in the scheme of things.
“It would be nice to surpass that figure,” Mrs Watts said.
“Unfortunately, we’re losing a couple of staff.
“So, we need this fundraiser to be successful.
“It will allow us to keep the centre open and, significantly, maintain a five-day-a-week service, which is crucial for many, many residents in the area.”
Mrs Watts is thrilled with the items set to go under the hammer, too.
“We’ve got more than 50, which is brilliant,” she said.
“This includes a keg of beer, set up and delivered locally; six bags of chicken feed; an iPad pro Wi-Fi space grey; church pews; Taronga Zoo passes; Hunter Valley Zoo pass; Captain Cook Cruises voucher; Jenolan Caves family pass; V8 race one adult voucher for six laps (and three laps front seat); art works; two tickets to the ASHS national Gala Night on Saturday, March 3; race day packages at Scone and Muswellbrook; morning tea and tour of Cressfield Stud; four tickets to XXXX Gold Marquee (during Scone Cup Carnival) and much, much more.
“On top of that, the yabby races and Calcutta are returning as well.
“They were extremely popular last year.”
The event kicks off from 7pm.
Tickets are $10 per person, or $90 for a table of 10.
To ensure you don’t miss out, pop into the neighbourhood centre or go to https://www.trybooking.com/TRFC
Alternatively, tickets will be available at the door on the night.