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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

Rally for Recovery donating $100,000 to Sydney Childrens Hospital Foundation

A great day for Rally for Recovery as a cheque was presented for $100,000 to the Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation. A big Thank You is extended to everyone who donated and bought items from Rally for Recovery Tomakin. Rally say "Without you this would never have happened. And a big clap for the tireless volunteers".

And a bit of History of Rally...

You’ve never heard of Rally for Recovery Tomakin? Well, you are really missing out. Rally is the biggest Op Shop in the area, with absolutely everything (except clothing), that you never knew you needed. Rally is run on Wednesdays and Saturdays, rain permitting from 8.30 until noon at 10 Ainslie Parade, Tomakin. Operating since 2002, over the years Rally has given over $2.3 M to the Sydney Children’s Hospital for Research into Childhood cancer, a cause that benefits children all over the world. Rally has been going for so long due to the generosity of you, the donors, who give their unwanted items. And you, the buyers who snap up the bargains that are on offer. Rally also does pickups and deliveries. This is all due to the tireless volunteers who work for just coffee, tea and cake, what dedication! We must also thank our hardworking presidents over the years: Vera Entwistle, John Ward, John Lightfoot, Michael Drynan, Ken Sloan, Ray Dickinson and their partners. But why Rally you might ask? The original annual car rally was set up by Vera Entwistle in 2001 and assisted by Ian and Gayle Boardman, as a thank you to the volunteers. They drove Australia wide, raising funds and awareness. Eurobodalla was one of the most successful groups. Due to increasing costs and drought this was stopped. But more was needed, a permanent place to hold sales. Eventually, the Council was approached, who rented out the broken down Tomakin Volunteer Bush Fire shed in Ainslie Parade for 5 years at $1 pa. Of course, the shed was desperately in need of repair. Rally asked for and received donations from Council, Business and Individuals. With work from volunteers and locals, the place was made usable. The first garage sale there raised $5000 in one day, and from there we have not looked back. There have been a few hurdles over the years getting the Rally Shed to its current state, but through all this, the benefits have flowed to the children, from the research we have helped to fund. We have also helped Moruya Cancer Clinic purchase much needed equipment. Be part of the circle and come and support us.

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