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Buggy rides and meat trays raise $40k

TWO radically different fundraising activities have combined to donate more than $40,000 to the Holman Clinic cancer treatment centre.

Representatives of the annual mud buggy charity ride and the Bawdy Pantomime last month presented a cheque for $41,231.69 to the Holman Clinic’s Chief Radiation Therapist, Bronwyn Holder, who accepted it on behalf of the Clinic.

Local producer and entertainer John Xintavelonis, who is heavily involved in both the Bawdy Panto and the mud buggy charity ride, said the Bawdy Panto supports a different charity each year.

“I mentioned what was planned for the buggy ride dinner, and the support for the Holman Clinic proposal from the Panto team was unanimous,” Mr Xintavelonis said.

The mud buggy charity ride organiser, Matthew Mallinson, also has a personal history with the Holman Clinic and is keen to support it every year, alternating his annual donations between the Launceston and Hobart clinics.

Mr Xintavelonis said the money raised at the Bawdy Panto comes mostly from “rattling the bucket” after each performance.

“The other source is the meat-tray auction, which is always a feature thematically written into the show,” he said.

“We have a benefactor who loves Panto and attends every year. He happens to be a vegetarian but he still bids for the meat tray until he has the final bid – then he reveals he doesn’t really want it and it goes to the next highest bidder, with him still paying the bid price. “So, in effect, we get double value on the night he attends.

“This year, our benefactor rounded the amount he paid up to $2000 – remarkable generosity.”

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