Hard work reels in big rewards

MARINE Rescue Coffs Harbour has just completed a very busy three months of fundraising culminating with the Deep Sea Fishing Classic and the drawing of the raffle for the boat, motor, trailer, safety equipment and fishing gear package on Easter Monday.

Thanks to the support of Officeworks, BISCO and Andrew Cross at Harbourside Marketing Concepts, Park Beach Plaza, Centro Toormina and Fishing Tackle Australia, more than $9000 was raised by the monster raffle.

The lucky winner was John Kearns of Woolgoolga.

Despite fluctuating weather the Easter Fishing Classic again attracted a host of keen anglers which kept Marine Rescue radio operators busy logging calls.

The Charity Fish Auction raised $4443, thanks to the proven combination of the Coffs Harbour Deep Sea Fishing Club, auction legend Glen Aylward of Aylwards Auctioneers and Faircloth & Reynolds who once again donated the use of one of their cool rooms to keep the fish fresh.

Jetty Butchers Hook helped by preparing rissoles for the barbecue.

Unit Commander Graeme King said Marine Rescue had landed a trifecta last weekend.

"Great fundraising results, a fair amount of fun for all concerned and everybody home safe," Cmdr King said.

"It could not have happened without the real support of our sponsors, our great fishers, our generous community and the hard work of our Marine Rescue members.

"Thank you all."

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