GIVING: President GDSC Pipe Band Dennis Darke, Treasurer Grafton Legacy Bob McFarlane, and Salvation Army Karen Petterson receive money from President Grafton RSL Sub-Branch Brian Bultitude and CEO of GDSC Garry Williams - funds raised from Anzac Day activities at the club. Photo: Adam Hourigan
GIVING: President GDSC Pipe Band Dennis Darke, Treasurer Grafton Legacy Bob McFarlane, and Salvation Army Karen Petterson receive money from President Grafton RSL Sub-Branch Brian Bultitude and CEO of GDSC Garry Williams - funds raised from Anzac Day activities at the club. Photo: Adam Hourigan

Two-up proceeds goes three ways for Grafton charities

THE spirit of the Anzac Day 2015 continues to be felt with three Valley organisations sharing in the proceeds of the Grafton District Services Club's annual fundraising event which included its RSL run breakfast, a luncheon and two-up competition.

Club CEO Garry Williams said this year's event was particularly well attended because of its special centenary significance.

This year's recipients were Grafton Legacy, the Salvation Army and the GDSC Pipe Band each receiving $1500.

Pipe band president Dennis Darke said the band was an integral part of Anzac Day celebrating leading the marches at many of this year's commemorations. "We are a voluntary band and very proud to represent the club. This money will help us purchase new drums, and some uniform items and other equipment." Bob McFarlane from Grafton Legacy said their organisation covered the whole Valley looking after about 300 war widows through its welfare program.

"A lot of our widow pensioners are living on the edge. We often help out with essential items that need replacing from small things like smoke alarms to larger items like whitegoods. We also ensure they have access to VitalCall (medical alert system)."

The Grafton branch of the Salvation Army will also put its $1500 to good use in itstraditionally non-judgemental way.

Topping off the donation allocations on this occasion was another cheque for $200 raised by the Grafton Ghosts at their two-up day at the Albion Hotel which they gifted to Grafton Legacy.

Mr Williams said the GDSC was synonymous with its Anzac commemorations and its traditional game of two-up. "I've been at the club for 27 years now and been to 26 of those competitions but it's probably been running for about 50 years raising somewhere in the vicinity of $150,000 over that time."