IT’S been an eventful week for the Parish Hall Restoration Project with the much-anticipated start of Stage 1 renovation coupled with a major donation from a local business.
After a mammoth community fundraising effort over the last 16 months, works have now commenced to take out the asbestos and remove the roof of the historic Parish Hall in the Quetta Memorial Precinct on Thursday Island.
Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch, who is the Patron of the PHRP Committee, said he was “over the moon” to see the renovation begin after being planned for so long.
“This is great news and it must be so exciting for the committee to see the actual construction underway, after their incredible fundraising and organisational efforts,” Mr Entsch said.
“I’d also like to say a big ‘thank you’ to Sandie and Greg from Rebel Marine, who have very generously donated $3,000. This tips us over the Stage 1 fundraising goal and along with all the other donations and support we’ve received, will be a big help in completing this.
“It is yet another example of just how strongly the community has come together to collaborate on this very worthwhile project.”
The fundraising efforts continue with a Christmas Raffle underway. Tickets are $5 each and the following prizes are on offer for 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners:
1st PRIZE: Qantas return tickets HID CNS (kindly donated by Matt Trevett-Lyall at QantasLink)
2nd PRIZE: Traditional pack including a matching pair of shorts, a Lava Lava and a handkerchief (kindly donated by Linda Fell) and a pearl pendant of a Dhari (kindly donated by a local artist Brendan O’Connor)
3rd PRIZE: $100.00NAB Classic Bank Account (kindly donated by Louella and Thursday Island NAB Branch)