Raffle joy for Gatton historical society

Gatton and District Historical Society blacksmith Richard Smith (front) with president Kelven Freeman and member Ann Lincoln at Spano's IGA Gatton on 27 March. Picture: JESSE HAMILTON

Passing shoppers and those looking to support a community organisation purchased raffle tickets in droves leading up to the draw of the Gatton and District Historical Society’s Easter raffle outside Spano’s IGA Gatton on 27 March.

The Easter raffle ran for two and a half weeks at Spano’s.

$380 worth of prizes were given out, with funds raised to support maintenance and improvements to the society’s historical village.

Gatton and District Historical Society president Kelven Freeman said the support from local businesses and the broader community had been overwhelming.

“This was just to get a few dollars in the bank to maintain the village, it’s very hard to get grants these days,” he said.

“The support from local businesses has been absolutely staggering.

“We had six prizes and then a secret bonus prize to be won.”

Mr Freeman said the raffle was an inaugural event for the historical group that had been made possible by increased volunteers recently.

“It’s the first time doing the Easter raffle, and the response from the people of Gatton has been absolutely amazing, we sold $400 worth of raffle tickets just today (27 March),” he said.

“We’d like to run a Christmas one, we’re like every other community organisation in a small town in Australia, we need more volunteers.”

The Gatton and District Historical Society will hold its heritage festival on 27 April at Freemans Road Gatton.