Art Union Winner Announced

Kath’s a winner!

The winner of the first prize in the Cathedral Restoration Art Union, worth $37,345, was Cathedral Parish Parishioner, Kath Squires.

State Member for Bathurst, Mr Paul Toole, was invited to draw the winners on 24th November 2013 at the Cathedral Parish Centre in Bathurst. Paul is also Co-patron of the Cathedral Restoration Fundraising Committee.

Kath wasn’t present for the draw, as she was visiting a sick neighbour in hospital, but was ecstatic when she heard about her lucky win. She can now swap her 24 year old car for the new Mazda 6 Sport automatic sedan, which was sponsored by Rosconi Brothers Mazda in Bathurst. At 85, she still enjoys driving and plans to get out and about even more now!

Second prize was a travel package valued at $8,000, sponsored by Travelscene Bathurst and this was won Anthony Bartnik from Dubbo.

Third prize went to Peter and Carolyn Murphy from Bathurst. This was an outdoor power machine package valued at $2,965 which was sponsored by Brabham’s Outdoor Power Centre in Bathurst.

Around 7,000 tickets were sold in the Art Union. It is hoped this will raise between $20,000 and $25,000 for the Restoration Appeal.

Bishop McKenna said the endeavour had been a great awareness raising exercise, which has firmly placed the Restoration Project on the radar of Bathurst and wider community.

Bishop McKenna offered thanks to all involved, and in particular to Mr Phil Burgett, Chair of the Committee, who devoted an extraordinary amount of time and energy to ensure the success of the Art Union.

This has been a great start to fundraising for the Cathedral, but with a total cost of $3 million expected, there is still much to be done.

Ultimately of course, we are all winners in the end, as all fundraising proceeds will go towards the restoration of our beloved Cathedral of St. Michael and St. John; a vital part of the life of the Cathedral Parish, our Diocesan family and the Bathurst community.

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