2015 XC Towards 2018 Fundraising Wrap-Up

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As 2015 draws to a close it seems like a good time to give a wrap-up of the XC Towards 2018 fundraising efforts for the past year. The major team fundraiser of the year was the AUSXC Cocktail Party in Melbourne in October, hosted for the third year in a row at the house of Mandy Milne and Patrick Montgomery. By all accounts it was a very successful night, both from the perspective of fundraising and a social occasion. Approximately 120 people attended the event, which raised over $15,000 towards National Team athlete expenses.


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Special guests for the night included Michael Kennedy, the Ski & Snowboard Australia CEO, and Jo Prothero from the Falls Creek Resort, which is the National Team’s major partner and home of the National Training Centre throughout the winter. Features of the evening included silent and loud auctions, a video presentation of the 2015 winter put together by Paul Kovacs, and short speeches by national team athletes.

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The other two major annual fundraising activities for XC Towards 2018 are the Sundeck Cup at Perisher and Kangaroo Hoppet ski-waxing. Once again Cliff Wallis and the NSW XC race committee put on a great handicap race and lunch back at the Sundeck Hotel, raising $6,000 for the team. Numbers were up at the Hoppet with over $4,500 raised from the ski-waxing efforts of team coaches and athletes.

The final amount in the bank at the close of the SSA financial year on November 1 was just over $27,500, all of which will go towards National Team athlete expenses in the 2015-2016 international program which is already underway. Though slightly short of the $30,000 fundraising target set earlier in the year, it was very close and additional money is still coming in from Cocktail Party auction items.

Many thanks to everyone who supported all of the XC Towards 2018 fundraising activities, by donating auction items (donors listed below), attending events or getting their skis waxed, or who donated directly via the Australian Sport Foundation. website.

Cocktail Night Donors:

Falls Creek Resort Eastern Mountain Centre Merlin Ski Fields Falls Creek
Aimee Watson Evelyn Helmer Montgomery Family
Allan Marsland Fuel Brothers Café Oz Wood Giftware
Arctic Fit Geneovese Coffee Paddy Pallin Jindabyne
Balwyn Sports and Physiotherapy Centre Geraldine Blanch Palace Cinemas
Gillian Hillman Phillipa’s Bakery
Books In Print Globe Paul Family
Bounce Henry Buck’s Roof Carrier Systems
Brown Brothers Jean Claude Legras Sally Marsland
Bursill Sports Gear Jessica Yeaton Simone Perele
Cable Knitwear Jewellry Plus Ulladulla Snow, Trek & Travel
Casey Wright Kat Paul The Muesli Company
Clive Tutt Lake Mountain Alpine Resort Treats Café
Dewez Family Louise Ajani Willow
Lullaby Children’s Wear



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