Ride something to smile about
Smile for Smiddy
THE annual “Smile for Smiddy” ride from Townsville to Brisbane with 50 riders and their support crew rolled into town last Thursday afternoon.
Riding in memory of Smiddy, who died at a young age from cancer, each of these riders would have a tale to tell as to why they felt compelled to ride their bike1000km and more.
There were smiles and obvious relief at the end of 200km ridden from Dingo, where they had spent the night before.
But even more importantly there were host families on hand to reassure all that there was a bed for the night.
Everybody knows somebody who might be family or within their circle of friends who has been sorely affected by this scourge of modern diseases. Raising more than $250,000 for cancer research from the local community over the past 10 years is something that they can all be proud of but it also shows the generosity of many who contributed.
The sun was low in the sky as the peloton rolled round the corner to the Silo where bikes were stored for the night and where the handover to billets was handled by the local support crew.
The sting in the tail was the 6am start on the Friday because their next bed would be in Mundubbera.
Dinner was at the Thangool race club where the locals with a little help from Rotarians, Andersons Foodworks and Tey’s Australia Meat Processing Plant ensured a top-class dinner that will keep the pedals turning the next day.
From 6am the tyres were checked, the water bottles filled and the flashing lights started up. Leaving the Queensland Heritage Park to the tune “Will ye no come back again” played on the pipes by Owen Capon, and they were off until next year.
HOW many men does it take to cook a 1000 sausages?
Three for a start and then a few more Rotarians to help.
How many men does it take to eat a 1000 sausages?
At least 400. It is true to say that there were still some left over at the end of the night but they will be saved for another day.
Contractors at the CS Energy Power Station overhaul had a stop-work meeting to hear a little on Workplace safety and to tide them over, the boss put on the sausage sizzle.
When you see 400 men filling the arena it was a little daunting to realise that they would soon line up to get their share of the barbecue. But in truth there were two shifts organised to ease the pressure on the servers and it worked to a treat.
To an outsider it is quite amazing to realise that this army of technicians swarm over the inner workings of the generating unit and replace, repair, repaint and renovate for another five years of productive output.
Opera in Monto
OPERA buffs flocked to the Monto Community Hall for their annual opera treat last weekend.
Queensland Opera had loaded up a truckload of gear to follow the bus with four of their major singing stars and their amazing pianist and sent it on a tour of Queensland.
The classical music was well matched to the stage, to the costumes and the hall and created a real atmosphere of being at the Grand Opera.
The joy was the music was easy listening in operatic terms but equally easy to hear and that is a bonus to those of us who sometimes fail to catch the last word out of modern singers.
There is no recording system to match an in-person performance in front of an audience and those of you who missed this event missed an experience not often available this far out in the country.
Hosts Monto Magic excelled themselves and did the Monto community proud with a high tea to start the event and a magnificent spread at interval which guaranteed nobody went home hungry.
The table decorations were of course an elegant backdrop for the food service and the craft workers on duty deserved all the praise they received.
The day was also about Angel Flight. We heard of the community service carried out by pilots using their planes to transport people from the country who need to get to specialist health services in the big cities.
Support local businesses
THE main street of Biloela will be humming when the Callide Dawson Chamber of Commerce “Shop Local” campaign will be in full swing on September 13.
Great cash prizes to be won if you have done the docket thing in participating businesses.
Cent Sale for Blue Care
THANGOOL CWA is holding its annual Cent Sale for Blue Care on Thursday, September 28 starting at 9.30am.
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SNAG THIS: Workers queue for barbecued food before the safety presentation at Callide Power Station.
Riders approach the Queensland Heritage Park.