Locals helping locals with donations made to community organisations

Kerryl Gangemi, Gina King, Rhonda Mayocchi, and Ourania Conomos presented donations of $700 to Innisfail Flotilla Commander Neville Duncan, and Karen Smith and Desley Winkleman from Cassowary Coast Paws & Claws animal refuge. Absent: Nicole Hoare

CASSOWARY Coast Paws & Claws animal shelter and Australian Volunteer Coastguard QF15 Innisfail flotilla received a financial boost with a generous donation of $700 each.

The proceeds were raised from ticket sales from the ‘Rock by the River’ Cabaret held last month at the Innisfail Bowls Club, which featured a licensed bar and lucky door prizes.

This private, invitation-only, event was attended by 100 guests, who danced the night away to live music by local band Zachariah.   

The idea to hold a cabaret was born when five local ladies and friends, Rhonda Mayocchi, Ourania Conomos, Nicole Hoare, Gina King, and Kerryl Gangemi were in Cardwell socialising over the May Day long weekend.

After three months of preparation, the event took place as a fundraiser for local community organisations.

Both organisations were overwhelmed by the generous donation, and Australian Volunteer Coastguard QF15 Flotilla Commander Neville Duncan said these funds would greatly assist with the purchase of a new computer for the Coastguard operations room.

The Innisfail flotilla is part of a national marine rescue organisation run entirely by volunteers. 

Services provided include patrol of local and coastal waters, marine radio services, search and rescue, and public boating education.

Anyone interested in finding out more about the many and varied volunteer roles with the Australian Coastguard are welcome to visit the Innisfail headquarters at Mourilyan Harbour on Saturday or Sunday between 8.00am – 5.00pm.

The funds from the other donation will assist the Cassowary Coast Paws & Claws refuge with the ongoing veterinary costs and food for the animals.

The refuge is a not-for-profit organisation, so President Desley Winkleman and Karen Smith (Membership/Registration) were very appreciative of the generous donation.

Cassowary Coast Paws & Claws at 27 Downing Street, Innisfail recently held a highly successful Open Day with 11 animals adopted on the day.

Bins are located at Woolworths and Coles in Innisfail, where members of the public can donate wet/dry dog and cat food, (especially kitten and puppy food), animal treats, toys, blankets, collars, leads, beds, bowls, cat litter etc.

For further information and to view the lovely fur babies up for adoption, please visit the Cassowary Coast Paws & Claws Inc Facebook page.

Refuge operating hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9.00am – 11.00am, as well as Saturday mornings from 8.00am – 9.30am.

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