Stay safe – and buy a raffle ticket

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Enjoy a safe and happy festive season – and support your local marine rescue.

It’s that time of year when many boaters are taking to the water to enjoy the good weather and the Christmas and New Year holidays.

Marine Business wishes everybody a safe and happy festive season.

Spare a thought for the hard-working volunteers of the marine rescue services who will helping to keep boaters safe over the holiday period. Why not recognise their contribution by supporting their fund-raising activities this year?

In NSW, Marine Rescue NSW has launched its biggest fundraiser of the year, the Marine Rescue NSW Art Union, with a total prize pool worth $229,600 including a 4WD vehicle, fishing boat, jet skis, luxury travel and VIP sports tickets.

All proceeds from the raffle go to the emergency service’s 45 volunteer units, which cover the entire NSW coastline from the Queensland border to Eden and inland on the Alpine Lakes and the Murray River, at Moama.

“The money raised is essential to supporting our units’ life-saving operations, training and day-to-day expenses,” said MRNSW Commissioner Stacey Tannos.

“Every cent that a unit raises from its ticket sales stays with that unit so ticket buyers know they are supporting their local volunteers and their work to protect boaters on their local waterways.

“The prizes are fantastic and the tickets are great value at three for just $5.”

The Marine Rescue NSW Art Union prizes include:

1st prize: A Toyota Prado GXL 2.8L T Diesel Auto four wheel drive as well as a Haines Signature 530SF(S) Boat to tow behind it. The vessel has a Suzuki 90hp motor, VHF marine radio and safety kit. The boat and vehicle are valued at $118,251.

2nd: A $25,000 Flight Centre gift card and $5,000 in spending money. The winner gets to choose whether to take one big dream holiday or several small trips.

3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th: Four winners each win four exclusive tickets to a private suite at Allianz Stadium for the Wallabies v Scotland rugby union match on June 17, 2017. Includes $1,000 towards travel/accommodation, each prize is valued at $4,955.

Bonus draw: As well as being in the running for these prizes, every ticket purchased is entered into an extra regional draw for six jet skis and trailers, each valued at $10,261.

MRNSW members will be selling tickets in their local communities throughout the boating season. Supporters can also buy tickets online where you can nominate which local unit will receive the funds from the ticket purchase.

The Art Union is organised and run by MRNSW, ensuring all proceeds stay with the organisation. It will be drawn at Marine Rescue NSW Headquarters, at Cronulla, Sydney, at noon on May 30, 2017.

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