Auction back to raise funds for community

2016 Auction: Rotary Radio Auction coordinator Greg Verlinden with RadioWest presenter Brian French who hosted a live broadcast from the centre.
2016 Auction: Rotary Radio Auction coordinator Greg Verlinden with RadioWest presenter Brian French who hosted a live broadcast from the centre.

The Northam annual auction that raises money for community groups in need is back this weekend. 

The RadioWest Rotary Auction had raised more than $300,000 since its inception in 1987 and about $9900 at last year's auction. 

This year, dozens of local businesses have donated vouchers, hampers and retail items that will be bid on this Saturday December 9 in the Northam Boulevard from 9am to 12.45pm. 

RadioWest will hold a live broadcast at the auction with running commentary. 

The money raised will be donated to community organisations and individuals in need. 

Northam Rotary spokesperson Greg Verlinden said the auction commenced in 1987 following a suggestion by Radio 6AM that there was a future for this type of fundraising.

“The Northam Rotary Club have since committed to doing the voluntary legwork and setting up, with the help of Radiowest and the Avon Valley Advocate in the past,” he said.

Mr Verlinden said 1988 was a standout year with a total of $16852 being raised.

Beneficiaries have included Northam Share and Care, Bethavon, the Avon Valley Residency, Northam PCYC, Northam Salvation Army, Northam Senior High School Chaplaincy, Northam Regional Hospital, Northam Hospice, St Joseph’s Army Cadets, Northam Area School Band, Little Athletics, Highland Dance Group and Northam Breastfeeding Association.