Hunter Miners dig deep for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service

July 09, 2015

Hunter locals Joe and Margaret Matthews broke records last week at the Black Coal ball, raising $37,000—almost double the normal fundraising tally—for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.
The Black Coal Ball, held annually in Muswellbrook, is a fundraising evening event of entertainment, dancing and fun, proudly sponsored by NSW Minerals Council. 
Black Coal Ball organisers Joe and Margaret Matthews have been working with the mining community raising money for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service for 15 years and together they've raised $1.5 million through the Black Coal Golf Cup and the Black Coal Ball.

Pictured: Mr and Mrs Matthews [Source: Muswellbrook Chronicle]
Mr Matthews told the Muswellbrook Chronicle that it was a fantastic night, right from the generosity of people to the impressive entertainment.

“Just a big 'thank you' to all those who supported [us as well as] the many people who didn’t come on the night, but contributed," he said.
“There was a positive vibe in the room on the night, and it was great to be a part of it.
“[I hope] the positivity that came out of the night continues through our community," Mr Matthews said.
And next up is the 2015 Black Coal Golf Cup, a daytime golf competition that will be held on Tuesday 15th September at Muswellbrook Golf Club.
The event costs $40 Per Person which includes a commemorative cap & ball, drink tickets, BBQ lunch & 18 holes on the course. Food and drinks are also available for purchase on the course & in the clubhouse.
To enter, all you need to do is download the form here and send it to the address on the bottom of the form.
For those businesses interested in supporting the Black Coal Golf Cup, there are also sponsorship packages available. Download the brochure online here for further info.
To discuss the Black Coal Golf Cup please contact Joe Matthews Ph: 02 6543 4427 Mob: 0409 822 343 Email:

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