Clubs take a shine to fundraiser
GENEROUS bidding and a popular show and shine day raised more than $12,000 for the purse strings of Warwick Blue Care and Warwick Dementia Support Group.
The Friday night charity auction was well supported, with a range of sporting memorabilia – from jerseys to a surfboard – auctioned off at the Cowboys Club. More than $6000 was raised.
Glorious weather conditions the following day drew large crowds for Ryanie for Tyres’ seventh annual show and shine day.
Organiser Sharon Ryan said more than 60 entrants and large visiting crowds piled into Federation Park to get a piece of the action.
“It was a fantastic day with some nice cars and really nice bikes. There was an imported American chopper among all the Harley Davidson motorbikes, which was a popular attraction,” she said.
“We had a few other novelty things such as face painting, a chocolate chuck for kids and a snow cone machine to make it family orientated and which helped raise a few extra dollars.”
The major sponsors – Commonwealth Bank, Zooma Signs, Elders Insurance, Wickham Freightlines, Shannon’s Insurance, B&K Motors, Go Off Concreting and Ryanie for Tyres – dug deep to raise about $6000.
Mrs Ryan said as well as donating the raised funds to Blue Care and the Dementia Support Group, other local communities benefited from the show and shine day.
“The Warwick Gymnastics Club raised money for their club by having a barbecue lunch. This is the seventh year they’ve done this and it’s become their major fundraiser,” she said.
“The Cowboys also donated the club as the venue (for the charity auction) and they got the benefit of the bar.
“So there are also a lot of other spin-offs from having the show and shine – it helps other community groups.”
The show and shine was first held as a low-key display and sausage sizzle to celebrate the first anniversary of Ryanie for Tyres in 2005 as a business in Warwick. Mrs Ryan said the event grew from there.
“We wanted to put on something to thank the community for their support. After that Brendan thought it would be a nice thing to do every year, and the next year at our second anniversary we invited people we knew had cars and asked if they wanted to display them,” she said.
“After three of those Brendan thought we could run a charity auction to make some good money for local charities and we started doing that too.”
Businesses who wish to be part of next year’s show and shine can contact Sharon and Brendan Ryan on 4661 1819.