Two community groups working to make the Central Coast a better place, have each received a share of $16,600, courtesy of Freemasons on the Central Coast, Central Coast Bulldogs and the Rotary Club of Gosford North.
Central Coast Kids in Need (CCKIN) and Save Our Kids From Suicide (SOKS) each received $8,300 following a successful fundraiser coordinated by the three organisations, which was held at Wyong Leagues Club in November, 2019.
The funds, which include a $6,000 donation from the NSW and ACT Freemason Grand Charity, were presented during a special ceremony at Wallarah Bay Recreation Club on March 6.
Freemasons’ Director of Publicity and Communications, Simon Pierce, said the recipients were two well known local charities that both provide an enormous contribution to the welfare of youth and families on the Central Coast.
“The event was hosted by well known radio personality, Sarah King and included live music from the Jamie Lindsay Band, with funds raised through a raffle filled with prizes kindly provided by generous donors,” Pierce said.
“During the evening, guests heard from a young couple who had received assistance from CCKIN following the premature birth of their child.
“CCKIN put them up in accommodation near the Prince of Wales Children’s Hospital during the entire period that their baby was receiving intensive care.
“Distance limitations meant that Government Health Care ﬁnancial assistance would not cover these costs,” Pierce said.
“Guests also heard from Gosford North Rotary about the work the SOKS program and Lifeline were providing to youth on the Central Coast in preventative suicide education.
“The Committee was extremely grateful to Wyong Leagues Club for providing the venue and assistance with artwork and programming.“In a postscript to the event, a young boy from the Coast who is receiving treatment for cancer donated a signed Socceroos’ Jersey as an auction item for the event.
“As it happened the Wyong Leagues Club made the successful bid of $500 for the Jersey.
“As the ultimate act of generosity, the Club had the Jersey framed and donated it back to the young boy,” Pierce said.
Following its success, the Committee has agreed to host another event at the Wyong Leagues Club on September 12.
Media release, Mar 9
Simon Pierce, Freemasons on the Central Coast