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Charities shine brighter

Marsh Rodders members and recipients of the $9000 in donations. Photo - Greg Forster – Caprice Photography
Marsh Rodders members and recipients of the $9000 in donations. Photo - Greg Forster – Caprice Photography

By Jessica Howard

The Marsh Rodders have raised money for nine local charities through their most successful swap meet to date.

The Show ‘n’ Shine and Swap Meet sees more than 200 stalls and 900 hot rods; classic and muscle cars fill Maddingley Park each October.

Now in its 13th year, the Marsh Rodders donate profits from the event back into the community.

Club President, Shaun Colliver said the 2017 event was the most successful year yet.

“We literally could not fit another vehicle in the park,” he said.

“This event creates a huge buzz around the town and brought in people from all over Victoria due to its extensive promotion and support of our sponsors”.

At a charity event held on Friday February 23, Mr Colliver presented $1,000 to nine local organisations, as a thank you for their “ongoing help in the community”.

The successful recipients included Bacchus Marsh Uniting Church Soul Food; Bacchus Marsh Scout and Guide Hall Committee; Bacchus Marsh SES; Bacchus Marsh Lions Club; Beat the Heat – Youth Motorsport Program; Bacchus Marsh CFA; Darley Neighbourhood House; Apple FM; and Mambourin Melton.

Coordinator of Soul Food, Jenny Kearney said she was very grateful to receive such a generous donation.

“Soul Food provides a free community meal to anybody from the community who wants to come along and share a hot nutritious meal in a friendly atmosphere. This donation will help fund the food and provide the service free of charge,” she said.

“Another thing we do is sponsor young children so that they can join in on sporting activities. As this is such a generous amount, it will enable us to continue our sporting program and help out children who were not otherwise able to take part in sport”.

Darley Neighbourhood House manager, Renae Knight said the funds will contribute to a glass top for a mosaic table project.

“Upon completion this table will be a feature in the break out area of the House for all to enjoy,” she said.

“Darley Neighbourhood House are incredibly grateful for the donation received from the Marsh Rodders and were delighted to be part of the community event where the presentations were made”. 

Apple FM Secretary & Treasurer, Bill Mansell, said the community radio station was delighted and very appreciative to receive the donation.

“It was totally unexpected and couldn’t have come at a better time for us,” he said.

“The Rodders asked Apple 98.5 FM to do an outside broadcast from their Swap Meet last October. We had a great day and were able to trial our limited, work in progress, outside broadcast equipment.

“In June last year we relocated to new premises at the Darley Community Hub where our members spent the next few months building a new studio. Whilst both projects were done with volunteer labor, their costs were very difficult for us to bear.

“The Rodders kind donation will assist greatly in defraying some of the costs of both projects. We look forward to working with the Rodders on future Swap Meets and getting out into the community for more outside broadcasts”.

For more information on the Marsh Rodders’ Show ‘n’ Shine and Swap Meet, visit www.marshrodders.com.