A magical night
Memories galore at the annual wheel
ONE young Hervey Bay boy waited patiently in front of the Ambulance Goods Wheel in Scarness Park last week, in the hope that his tickets could win him the Nerf water gun he had been eyeing off all night.
When his lucky number was finally called, Local Ambulance Committee volunteer Barb LewysDavies said the little boy took a deep breath, reached down and asked her for a socket and screwdriver set for his dad who is unwell.
A moment stand out was the little boy who sat on the stage edge all night and finally he won.
That, she said, is the one of the wonderful things about volunteering at the wheel each year.
“A stand out moment was the little boy who sat on the stage edge all night and finally he won.
He yelled and jumped and
jumped and jumped, then ran in circles then up on the stage did the same and had us all laughing,” she said.
“The kid who chose a fire extinguisher because he wanted to be a fireman.
His dad said it was for when mum was cooking!”
Goods wheel organiser Jo-Anne Farrell said about 200 people tried their luck each night from when the wheel started spinning on December 16 to it’s final turn
“This year I would say approximately 3500 to 4000 people will have attended the wheel,” Ms Farrell said.
“We will probably would have had 850 spins this year. We would have gone close to giving away all the 1005 prizes purchased this year if we hadn't lost the three nights to rain.
We were on track for a record year.”
Ms Farrell said funds
raised from previous years had seen the local ambulance service provided with a defibrillator, training manikins, computer Toughbooks and 55 Leatherman multi-purpose tools. Most recently, a $15,000 Hover Matt and Hover Jack was bought to help paramedics and ambulance staff safely lift and move bariatric patients.
WINNERS: Slater and Sahara Roberts were thrilled to walk away with prizes from the annual Ambulance Goods Wheel.