Raft race floats funds for Stillwater community

Raft race floats funds for Stillwater community

The Bat Mobile crew (above and right) powered on, despite that sinking feeling. This crew took first place. The winners of the Grand Prix, from left, Josh Gibbins and Jake Tucker. The Micky Mouse Club House crew with event co-organiser Debbie Thearle, far left. The crew of the Bat Cat catamaran, which came in second. Sinking and swimming are all part of the fun at Stillwater’s annual Raft Race.
Stillwater’s annual raft race is known as a wet and wild family fun day and this year’s event, on March 5, did not disappoint.

This year’s theme was Comic Characters. A total of seven rafts made of tin, wood, plastic and other recycled materials took to the water from Stillwater boat ramp. Several did not make it around the course, but the crews paddled on as their craft sank beneath them.

Co-organiser of the event, Debbie Thearle, says the egg throwing competition was a highlight, with 40 pairs of people throwing raw eggs to each other to win a Rainbow’s End Family Pass.

“The main object of the day is family fun with profit a lower priority,” Debbie says. “It’s a great way for locals to get together and for new locals to integrate.”

The raft race has been a community fundraiser ever since it was first held, in 1999. This year the money will go into a grants scheme, which provides assistance to local residents.

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