Our very own Max Bryant, who has a long history of supporting the Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation, was the lucky winner of a Toyota Yaris car raffle on 1st February, from Pacific Toyota. He also won $1,000 worth of fuel from Mobil Trinity Petroleum. Bonus!
When he received the good news, a very happy but surprised Max said “Well you don’t buy raffle tickets to win things, do you. You do it to support the charity.”
“We support the Foundation by donating to the Cardiac Challenge and my wife and I regularly donate for particular events, so we do what we can,” he said.
Foundation fundraising and marketing manager Glenys Duncombe was very surprised when Mr Bryant’s name was randomly drawn by computer.
“I’ve known Max for a really long time and I know he’s been a Rotarian for a long time so it’s nice to see it go to someone who supports the community so much,” she said.
The Car for Cardiac initiative raised just over $35,000 for the Foundation, with funds raised going to the second cardiac catheter laboratory project.
“This is a really important project for people in Far North Queensland and will prevent many heart patients having to travel away for treatment,” Glenys said.
“We’re really grateful for the support not only from all the people who bought a ticket, but also from the volunteers who sold the ticket and the shopping centres who supported it by having the car in centre at various times.”
Max's winning ticket was one of 25 he bought online after receiving an email about the raffle. In total, the Foundation sold 3084 tickets online, and 19,647 paper tickets, making Max's win all the more lucky. Actually, it's Max's youngest daughter who's the really lucky one as her generous dad decided she should be the worthy owner of the sporty, new Yaris.
Good on ya, Max.