Local businesses ask listeners to punt on a win for charity

A BIT of fun and banter between mates over the Fraser Coast air waves has been tipped to raise big dollars for a local charity or sporting organisation.

The Aussie Hervey Bay MIX FM Charity Footy Punting Challenge kicked off last Friday with Aussie Hervey Bay once again teaming up with 103.5 MIX FM.

Aussie Hervey Bay is encouraging MIX FM listeners and its own customers to nominate the local charity they think deserves the prizemoney through the Aussie Hervey Bay Facebook page, the MIX FM Fraser Coast website or by calling Aussie Hervey Bay direct.

MIX FM breakfast announcers Scott Gilmour and Andrew Bland said they would try to raise as much money as possible.

"We want to hear from charities or sporting organisations," Mr Gilmour said.

The highly successful initiative launched in 2012 has raised thousands of dollars for worthy causes, including the Mater Hospital's Chicks in Pink, the Burrum District Community Centre's flood relief and the Fraser Coast Make A Wish Foundation.

Aussie Hervey Bay franchisee Peter Thomas will donate $40 every week for the 30 weeks of the season.

Each week the money is divided equally among four punters in a football betting pool, including a MIX FM listener who nominates a charity, 103.5 MIX FM breakfast announcers Scott Gilmour and Andrew Bland and Peter.

Each week the participants place a bet on an NRL or AFL game and the winnings are pooled.

At the end of the season, one charity or sporting organisation is selected from the nominations and is invited to place the last $40 bet on the outcome of the NRL grand final.

If successful, the grand final winnings are added to the pool and all winnings are donated to the charity.

Peter Thomas said the event was a fun way for locals to follow the NRL season together, while helping a worthy local charity at the same time.

"Our role at Aussie is to help members of the local community get a better deal on their home loan," Mr Thomas said.

"We think it is important to give back and also have a bit of fun and engage with the community while helping some of our local charities who do a great job."

To find out more about Aussie Hervey Bay's Charity Footy Punting Challenge, phone Peter Thomas or Glenn Jansz on 4128 2200.

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