Bingo provides vital funds for community groups

It's a shame those playing bingo don't realise the impact of taking their business out of town

AS today's front page story tells, those who enjoy bingo are being lured out of town by larger prize pools and cheaper tickets.

As one player says, it's something different to what is offered in Bendigo and a fortnightly trip to look forward to.

But it's a shame those playing bingo don't realise the impact of taking their business out of town.

Community groups are losing vital funds as patrons spend out of town: groups such as the Marist Brothers' Band which relies on weekly bingo games to raise money for instruments, uniforms, music and band equipment - and primary schools such as St Therese's and St Joseph's.

There are many people in this community working tirelessly to ensure they can provide for others, and those who organise bingo nights are among them. 

The purpose of today's story is not to debate whether or not people should be playing bingo - rather, if they are, that they choose to support their community, and those who go to great effort to provide a service that not only meets the needs of bingo players but benefits others.

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