Customers giving back to the community

WELCOME CONTRIBUTION: Cowell RSL president Robert McFarlane receives a cheque from Cowell IGA owner Shaun Hornhardt.
WELCOME CONTRIBUTION: Cowell RSL president Robert McFarlane receives a cheque from Cowell IGA owner Shaun Hornhardt.

The Cowell RSL Branch received a welcome $1200 boost to go toward upgrades of its facilities in the lead up to its 100th birthday next year.

The funds have come from the Cowell IGA Community Chest, which is run as part of a national IGA promotion.

Cowell RSL president Robert McFarlane said the branch would save the money to bring some of the club’s future plans to fruition.

“We’re going to put the money in the bank for now,” Mr McFarlane said.

“The RSL is celebrating 100 years in May next year and we’ll be doing some celebrations, so we’ll give the hall a sprucing up.”

Mr McFarlane said the RSL would be open on Friday nights from 5pm to 7pm “or until whatever time they want to leave” for drinks.

“We’re really trying to get younger ones into the RSL because there’s only two of us Vietnam veterans left,” he said.

Mr McFarlane said the RSL really appreciated the funding and thanked the Hornhardts and IGA for the donation.

Cowell IGA owner Shaun Hornhardt said the money came from customers shopping in the store.

“Most of the funding comes from the customers buying specifically marked ‘Community Co’ products,” Mr Hornhardt said.

“We also raise money through our community notice board, which we charge a dollar to put notices up.”

Out of the $1200, $800 came from customers buying Community Co products, with $200 from the notices and Cowell IGA adding in another $200.

“It’s (the IGA Community Chest) is another way for us to give back to the community,” Mr Hornhardt said.

“It’s also a good way for customers to give back to the community.”

Cowell IGA is now looking for a new community organisation or group to raise funds for this year.

“We’re wanting groups and organisations to put their names in for the chance to get the next Community Chest,” Mr Hornhardt said.

“We try not to do it for the sporting clubs because we already do other sponsorship for them.”