Uki turns to gangsters and gambling since pub burnt down
THE Uki community is hoping for a full house at a casino and gangster-themed fundraiser this Saturday.
Many community service groups in Uki are still suffering from the destruction of the town's pub, the Mt Warning Hotel, by a fire in February.
"I'm hoping this will be a good opportunity to get everyone in one place again," fundraising co-ordinator Lorraine Ratjens said.
The pub served as a community hub, running fundraising raffles for the Uki Rural Fire Brigade, touch football club and Uki Pythons Soccer Club, among others.
So the soccer club decided to host the casino and gangsters fundraiser at Uki Sportsground to raise money for sporting equipment and to encourage social interaction, which has been missing since the pub burnt down.
Mrs Ratjens said the night would be a great opportunity to rekindle the town's community focus.
"It will give people a place to gather, we don't really have that anymore."
Mrs Ratjens said businesses around Uki and Murwillumbah had been supportive of the night.
"Everyone we've spoken to have been extremely keen to be involved," she said.
"It's been very different now that the pub has gone, but now people will be able to gather and have a chat and catch-up."
The night will feature six professional casino tables complete with fun money, live music, drinks and finger food, and more importantly, a healthy dose of community spirit.
Starting at 7pm, the night costs $25 to attend and there will be a $5 penalty for those not dressed in gangster attire.
Event sponsorships are available and those interested can contact Mrs Ratjens on 02 6679 5316.