Trash and treasure help local charities



ROTARY'S annual auction has undergone a facelift.

Chair of the Rotary auction committee Wade Hughes said Saturday's auction would be quite different from those in the past.

"We have decided to change our direction and make it a trash and treasure auction,'' he said.

"We believe people in Gladstone are always on the lookout for a great bargain and our auction can deliver on that score.''

Mr Hughes said donations had started rolling in, with close to 200 items already pledged for the auction.

"We are particularly keen for the public to take a good look at all those items stored in their garages and see if they have any that are saleable, which they can donate to our auction,'' he said.

The committee has also sent more than 500 letters to businesses requesting donations to be auctioned on the day. Mr Hughes said the aim of the auction was to raise $50,000 for local community groups.

"This is considerably more ambitious than previous years,'' he said.

He said the beneficiaries of this year's auction would be the Gladstone branch of the Leukaemia Foundation, Blue Care and Bindaree Lodge's aged care facility Edenvale, currently under construction at Glen Eden, and the Gladstone Men's Shelter Committee.

The auction is at the Gladstone Turf Club this Saturday from 10am.

Any business or individuals wanting to donate goods or services to be auctioned on the day can phone Wade Hughes on 4872 3611.



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