by Jacob Wilson
GIVING back to the local Whitsunday community is something which just makes sense.
This is how Jubilee Tavern manager Craig Bradley put it after donating $1020 toward the Proserpine Hospital Auxiliary with funds raised from the tavern's Melbourne Cup auction.
"We are always supporting stuff in the community. We are trying to support as much as we can because we support locals and locals support us, that's what happens,” he said.
"I also just want to say thanks to our patrons for supporting Melbourne Cup Day.”
The Proserpine auxiliary has benefited from the support of "community minded” initiatives led by the Lions Club, Rotary and more.
The Proserpine Bowls Club hosted its annual Dick Todd Memorial Day last week which also raised funds for the auxiliary.
The memorial day has been running for the past seven years and is understood to have raised $2500 toward the cause.
Proserpine Hospital Auxiliary supporter Gayle Moody said the donation would go towards ticking off items on their "wish-list”.
"We are lucky to have people on board who are community-minded which is really good and a part of keeping the Whitsundays together as a whole,” she said.
"We will be using the money to fund new equipment and we have always got a wish-list.
"I just want to really thank Jubilee Tavern and Craig for giving us some money toward the Proserpine Hospital Auxiliary.”
Money will go towards supporting the hospital's oncology unit and palliative care.
The $1020 donation from the Jubilee Tavern will be put to good use, refurbishing the hospital after the damage caused by category 4 Tropical Cyclone Debbie.
Ms Moody said there was going to be a market day at the Proserpine showgrounds on Saturday afternoon with money raised also set to give the auxiliary a much-needed boost.