Christmas sleigh raffle gets underway in Young

Chris Wright and Barb Hislop sell tickets each Monday for CanAssist. Photo: Peter Guthrie
Chris Wright and Barb Hislop sell tickets each Monday for CanAssist. Photo: Peter Guthrie

Young's Christmas sleigh raffle is on again this year.

Residents have the opportunity to win plenty of prizes valued at around $4,500, while also supporting a host of local community groups and charities.

Tickets are on sale Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm and on Saturday morning from 9am to 12pm on Boorowa Street near the Lynch Street intersection.

Money raised this year will be distributed between six community groups - CanAssist Young Boorowa branch, Rotary Young, Men's Shed, Young Theatre Company, Young Lions Club and the Young and District Family History Group.

These groups and charities, and Young's NSW Fire and Rescue unit, provide members to sell tickets during the seven weeks leading up to Christmas.

The Christmas sleigh raffle has been an annual raffle for approximately 36 years.

Young Fire and Rescue captain Ryan Terry thanked the support of local businesses.

"About three-quarters of all prizes have been donated by local businesses which means more money to community groups," he said.

"Something little means a lot this year, so it's great to see, it all helps."

About $13,000 was been shared between local charities and community organisations as a result of the 2019 raffle.

A few winners last year donated their prizes back to Young Fire and Rescue and were taken to Buxton Rural Fire Service where the goods were donated to bushfire affected families.

At the moment, this year's draw will take place on Saturday, December 19 with the winners set to be announced on social media. First prize takes home the entire contents of the sleigh.