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Tait Holden Moree puts some Spark into Gwydir Industries’ huge fundraiser

HORSE power took on a whole new meaning at the Crawford Roofing Christmas twilight races last Saturday, with punters queueing in droves to support Gwydir Industries, one of Moree’s best-loved service providers.

Gwydir Industries stages Dancing with the Stars every two years, and the 2018 edition next March will feature its biggest raffle prize yet – a brand-new Holden Barina Spark, supplied by Tait Holden Moree.

More than 300 tickets were sold trackside by Jodie and Andrew Crowe – at ten-bucks a pop – and quite a few more punters put their names in the barrel at the Dipper’s Desperates’ charity golf day on the Moree links on Tuesday.

Tickets are also available from Claude Magarry, who is a regular face at Balo Square most days.

Gwydir Industries’ general manager Antoinette McNamara said the Spark had been out and about in recent days.

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The Holden Barina Spark, with Gwydir Industries’ general manager Antoinette McNamara behind the wheel, has been ‘here, there and everywhere’ in recent weeks, raising money for one of Moree’s best-loved service providers (Image: Bill Poulos).

“It’s been here, there and everywhere since the raffle first started and tickets are selling really well,” Ms McNamara said.

The five-door hatchback, valued at more than $15,000, is jam-packed with features and accessories.

Nitrate silver in colour, the Spark comes with a seven-year warranty and five-star ANCAP safety rating.

Tait Holden Moree branch manager Kendall Tait says the small car that is big on fuel economy is a stand-out performer, and was lengths ahead of its four-legged, flashy friends at Moree Race Club’s biggest event on the local calendar – and lobbed a few holes-in-one at Moree golf course a couple of days later.

“The Spark is a great, economical small car in its market. It is sporty and sleek, with advanced technology and safety features – drivers can spark their style,” Ms Tait smiled.

Tait Motors, with dealerships at Moree and Goondiwindi, is a huge family-owned business focused on supporting local communities, and community-driven organisations like Gwydir Industries.

“It’s an absolute honour to be able to be a part of this fundraiser. Gwydir Industries is such an amazing organisation and has strong, local roots and continual support within the local community,” Ms Tait said.

The Tait Motors logo and banners are regular sights at bush racing meeting and community events across the district.

Additional recipients to benefit from the Tait chequebook include the Royal Flying Doctor Service, sporting communities on both sides of the border and the Goondiwindi health community.

“In the past we have also donated a vehicle to the Goondiwindi PCYC for a raffle very similar to Gwydir Industries’ fundraiser,” Ms Tait said.

Dancing with the Stars, which raises tens of thousands of dollars for Gwydir Industries, has been a biennial staple on the Moree social and fundraising calendar for 10 years.

It is the service provider’s biggest fundraiser, with around $50,000 raised every two years, however the Tait-sponsored raffle is expected to take the 2018 edition’s fundraising pool to a new level.

Craig Estens and Suzy Walker, Sandy and Lucinda Stump, Daniel and Chelsea Assef, David and Vivien Clyne, Amber Boydell and Jamie Hook and Chris Lamey and Jenny Mulligan dazzled the dance-floor in 2016.

Sandy and Lucinda Stump won the 2016 contest, with Rob Long and Jane Garland wowing the judges in 2014.

Ms Tait, however, was coy about buttoning up the spats and taking to the dance-floor on March 10 next year.

“I believe this is still a secret, however it is a high possibility,” she laughed.

Tickets for Dancing with the Stars 2018 go on sale at My Store Moree on February 17.

Words and Image: Bill Poulos