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Support for the Rescue Helicopter and Junior Sailing – May 18, 2011

In accordance with NCYC Constitution which can be accessed through our Member Information page, this Club provides support to a number of charitable organisations.

NCYC runs regular Friday night raffles to assist the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, and the Port Hunter Sailing Skiff Club Juniors – The Flying Ant Division (to encourage and support the sport of amateur sailing). Robin Hillery with assistance from Ernie Thirkell and a varying group of other Club members has been running these raffles on behalf of NCYC for a number of years.

In May 2011

NCYC Comodore Phil Arnall presented a cheque for $5000 to the Westpac rescue Helicopter Service. It was accepted by Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service General Manager Richard Jones who reciprocated with a framed photo for display in the NCYC Clubhouse, as a mark of appreciation.

Above: Some of those who make the raffle happen – Social Secretary Kris Rickard; Robin Hillery; Social Treasurer Petro Gleeson; Robin Hillery; Linda Hall and Mel Ford. Our Sponsors for these fund-raisers are: (Yellow door Fruit and Vegetables; Hunter Valley Premium Meat; Fosters Brewery and; the NCYC Galley).

At the 2011 PHSSC Junior Division presentation evening

Harvey & Robin - Cheque 2


Vice Commodore Jim Holley and Club Captain Ernie Thirkell offered enthusiastic support as Robin Hillery, the man who sold all the tickets presented a cheque for $5,000 on behalf of NCYC Members.


In November 2009

We welcomed representatives of both the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service and the Port Hunter Sailing Skiff Club Juniors to receive their cheques on the same afternoon.

In 2004

The first cheque was presented on the NCYC Marina by Michael Slevin, as the host, supporter (and a contributor) to the NCYC fundraising raffles. Robin Hillery and Ernie Thirkell began running the Friday night Raffles, at the Albion Hotel with assistance from Warren (Wally) Amos, Neil Kibble and Tom Panton. The raffles were relocated upon the opening of the NCYC licensed premises.

In the years before NCYC licensed premises was opened, our sailing members referred to the Albion as The Royal Albion Yacht Club, This was a result of the huge support given by proprietors of the Albion, John and Jo Pugh, followed by Michael and Alison Slevin.