Club helps out

By Cobram Courier

The Oasis Village Social Club Inc members and guests donned their flannelette shirts, put on their dancing shoes and enjoyed a mega barbecue feast to raise funds for drought-affected farmers on August 26.

The fundraiser was a roaring success, with the Oasis Village Social Club committee helping raise $2500 for Need for Feed, a major project of Lions Clubs.

Committee member Brenda Alexander said it was a good effort.

‘‘It was a great day and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves,’’ she said.

‘‘Linda Ryder and David Stillard from Barooga Lions were amazed with everyone’s generosity.’’

Oasis residents were joined by 29 Green Palms Village residents who decided to help with the fundraising efforts.

Ninety-one meals were served to guests after Woolworths Cobram kindly donated more than $300 worth of food for the event.

‘‘It was a busy day. We were exhausted after it but it was well worth the effort,’’ Mrs Alexander said.

The money went towards Need for Feed’s most recent hay run up to the New England region in NSW, which coincided with Father’s Day.

Mrs Alexander’s husband Ken said Ms Ryder, who is also Need for Feed’s northern Victoria co-ordinator, delivered a passionate and engaging speech explaining the effect of the drought on farmers which resonated strongly with guests.

‘‘I can assure you it’s the first function we’ve had where people really listened and you could have heard a pin drop while she spoke,’’ he said.

‘‘It was the best received speech I’ve seen at one of our functions and it was certainly the biggest barbecue lunch we’ve put on.’’

Mr Alexander said the committee received several donations from other community groups which helped it achieve its fantastic total.