A mag­i­cal night

Mem­o­ries ga­lore at the an­nual wheel

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - NEWS - Ker­rie Alexan­der

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.

— Barb

Lewys-Davies

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

on Satur­day.

“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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

WIN­NERS: Slater and Sa­hara Roberts were thrilled to walk away with prizes from the an­nual Am­bu­lance Goods Wheel.

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