It has been an enormous year for Strathmerton’s Glenn Kelly.
After getting married and holidaying in Europe, Mr Kelly recently received a phone call to say he had won the Community Fund GV’s monster raffle, the prize — an A1 Audi.
‘‘It was a massive surprise; it’s been a great surprise, we’re still pinching ourselves,’’ he said.
‘‘The only thing I’ve ever won in a raffle before has been a meat tray.’’
He was joined at the presentation by second place winner Carol Neave from Tatura and representatives from the key organisations involved in the fundraiser.
‘‘I was absolutely delighted,’’ Ms Neave said.
Community Fund GV acting chief executive Andrea McNab said $38500 was raised through ticket sales.
‘‘It really makes you aware of how generous our community is,’’ she said.
Guests heard from representatives from participating organisations Rotary Club of Shepparton, ConnectGV, Shepparton Foodshare and the Shepparton Bears Football Netball Club who all thanked the Community Fund GV and the Audi Centre Shepparton for organising the initiative.
Audi Centre Shepparton dealer principal Jason Sherlock said they were rapt with the result of the raffle.
‘‘It’s good for us to engage with the community,’’ he said.
‘‘We’re conscious of how important it is to be involved with the community.’’