Memorial fundraiser event contributes to dementia village

GENEROUS DONATION: South East Field and Game members Michael Gates, Charles Wallis and Peter Klieve (right) with Boandik Lodge chief executive officer Gillian McGinty.

Charlotte Varcoe

​BOANDIK Lodge’s Dementia Village plan is one step further due to a generous donation from the South East Field and Game fundraiser.

98 shooters came together recently to raise more than $10,000 for dementia following a history of the disease in past members.

Club president Charles Wallis said the initiative in the memory of a previous member, Faye Kleive, following her passing of the disease.

“Faye’s husband approached the board and asked if we were able to do a memorial shoot and the committee decided to raise funds for dementia at the same time,” Mr Wallis said.

“She ran the canteen for many years and we found out about the dementia village at Boandik and thought it would be a great way to contribute.”

Mr Wallis said through the donation, members learnt more about the village plans and the expected outcome.

“It was ideal timing and shooting is a sport that people can participate in during their longer years as well,” he said.

Boandik Lodge chief executive Gillian McGinty said the organisation was very appreciative of the donation

“The members of the club organised a great auction with a wide variety of items for auction and the shooting community were very supportive and generous,” Ms McGinty said.

“We are so fortunate to live in a community that supports our projects and fundraising efforts.”