Ride some­thing to smile about

Central Telegraph - - LIFE - BILOELA ALAN McTAGGART P: 0418 195 503 E: al­ndesmct@big­pond.com

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.

Sausage men

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.

Change of email ad­dress

DUE to some dif­fi­cul­ties with the biloe­labriefs@hot­mail.com ad­dress it will be closed in the near fu­ture. Please send all ma­te­rial for this col­umn to al­ndesmct@big­pond.com.

PHO­TOS: CONTRIBUTED

SNAG THIS: Work­ers queue for bar­be­cued food be­fore the safety pre­sen­ta­tion at Cal­lide Power Sta­tion.

Rid­ers ap­proach the Queens­land Heritage Park.

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