Mathoura firies lend a hand

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - NEWS -

Mathoura Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice bri­gade mem­bers showed their true Christ­mas spirit on Satur­day, help­ing Santa sur­prise lo­cal chil­dren de­spite be­ing weary from their ‘real’ jobs.

Although they had been called out to bat­tle a blaze ear­lier on Christ­mas Eve (see page 5), the fire­fight­ers still turned out to help Santa de­liver lol­lies to chil­dren in the dis­trict.

In the fire truck, the crews de­liv­ered Santa to the town’s three car­a­van parks first, with visit­ing chil­dren light­ing up at the sight of the man in the big red suit.

As is tra­di­tion, Santa then drove through the Mathoura township hand­ing out more good­ies, and this year’s run also in­cluded fam­i­lies in the ru­ral ar­eas.

The lolly run is held every year, and is spon­sored by dis­trict busi­nesses.

CHRIST­MAS CHEER

The Mathoura fire­fight­ers were not the only ones hand­ing out lol­lies on Christ­mas Eve.

De­niliquin young­sters Remy and Ben Muir­head also de­cided to spread some Christ­mas cheer with sugar on Satur­day.

Aged 12 and 10 re­spec­tively, the sib­lings in­vited peo­ple into the front yard of their Harfleur St home to en­joy their Christ­mas lights dis­play.

The pair helped par­ents Lisa and Stu­art make the dis­play, which fea­tured blow up Christ­mas char­ac­ters, a lot of ici­cle lights and other bright dec­o­ra­tions.

SHOW ME THE PRIZES

Four lucky peo­ple had an ex­tra rea­son to smile this Christ­mas, as win­ners of the De­niliquin Pas­toral & Agri­cul­tural Show So­ci­ety raf­fle.

The group raf­fled a va­ri­ety of vouch­ers to lo­cal busi­nesses and other good­ies, with all pro­ceeds go­ing to­wards run­ning the 2017 De­niliquin Show, to be held the first week­end in March.

Fri­day af­ter­noon’s draw was held at De­niliquin’s Cen- tral IGA su­per­mar­ket, where so­ci­ety mem­bers have been seen sell­ing tick­ets for sev­eral weeks.

Win­ners were Ben Littman, Tina Pisas­ale, Max­ine Louis and Betty Cor­mack.

Prizes in­cluded vouch­ers for Cen­tral IGA, Cen­tral Cel­lar­bra­tions and Wired En­ter­tain­ment, as well as a Christ­mas cake and apron.

WET SHOP­PERS

Last minute Christ­mas gift shop­pers were caught a lit­tle un­aware on Satur­day morn­ing, when a drench­ing down­pour washed over De­niliquin.

While the clouds looked a lit­tle men­ac­ing there was still some sun shin­ing through, mean­ing the heavy rain­drops came as a lit­tle bit of a sur­prise for some.

The streets pud­dled quickly in the morn­ing and fes­tive shop­pers ran for cover or their cars to es­cape a drench­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to the Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy, 1.8mm fell within the space of two hours, start­ing about 10.30am.

BIG DIN­NER

By all re­ports, it was a busy Christ­mas Day lunch at the De­niliquin RSL Club on Sun­day.

The an­nual lunch-time tra­di­tional feast at­tracted al­most 700 peo­ple, who chose to share the fes­tive day with the com­mu­nity and visi­tors to De­niliquin.

A full re­port on the cel­e­bra­tions will be in Fri­day’s edi­tion.

Help­ing Santa de­liver lol­lies in Mathoura on Christ­mas Eve were fire­fight­ers (from left) Chris Roberts, Blake Keech, Justin McKel­lar, Nissa and Doug Hen­wood, Rick Ire­land and Neil Black­well.

De­niliquin Pas­toral & Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety mem­bers Mary Al­litt, pres­i­dent Gra­ham Don­con and Elaine Rus­sell draw the raf­fle at De­niliquin IGA.

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