Roos leap to help out St John cou­ple

Central and North Burnett Times - - WELCOME -

MONTO St John Am­bu­lance stal­warts Col and Claire Har­ris thought all their Christ­mases had come at once.

Last month they not only re­ceived a $42,000 grant from the State Govern­ment Gam­bling and Jupiters Casino Com­mu­nity Ben­e­fit Fund, but the Monto Roos rugby league team used their day off to build them a new shed.

“We are re­ally just so happy, we are over the moon,” Mr Har­ris said.

“We also just got two great new mem­bers so we’ve had a huge morale boost.” Although they re­ceived the grant for the shed to house their lawn­mower and spare stretch­ers two years ago, no­body had of­fered to put it up for them.

“Col messed up the chook pen at home so I thought we had bet­ter get some­one else to do this,” Mrs Har­ris said with a laugh.

But af­ter 22 years sup­port­ing the Monto Roos at their footy games, coach Damien Zi­eth thought this would be a great way to give back to the cou­ple.

“Their sup­port over the years has been out­stand­ing so we thought this would be a good way to thank them,” he said.

Along with the labour put up by the whole team, DJ Steel do­nated the mesh for the con­crete slab and Bald­win’s Sand, Gravel and Con­crete do­nated the ce­ment.

“It should have only taken us about two hours to build, but it took all day be­cause we turned it into a bit of a party,” Roos player Scott Blythe said.

The Lis­ter Street St John of­fice will soon have a freshly painted roof, new gut­ter­ing, cladding on the out­side, a new lick of paint in­side and air-con­di­tion­ing, thanks to the govern­ment and Jupiters Casino grant.

“It means the Monto St John’s divi­sion will keep tick­ing on that bit longer,” Mr Har­ris said.

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