John, Alan ral­ly­ing with ‘Rosie’

Southern Riverina news - - NEWS - Anne Free­stone

John Milne and Alan Smith have been be­stowed a great hon­our, and are driv­ing the flag­ship ve­hi­cle of the 2017 Cys­tic Fi­bro­sis Great Es­cape.

The pair took con­trol of ‘Rosie’ the car on Fri­day, and started their 11-day car rally jour­ney on Mon­day.

Both men have been par­tic­i­pat­ing in the an­nual drive since its in­cep­tion, and said they feel very hon­oured to be se­lected to drive Rosie this year.

This fundrais­ing drive was first or­gan­ised by Alan’s son-in-law and daugh­ter Jamie and Michelle Law­son in 2002, with pro­ceeds con­tribut­ing to the cost of re­search and treat­ment for chil­dren with Cys­tic Fi­bro­sis.

Many fam­i­lies in Fin­ley have been touched by this con­di­tion, in­clud­ing John’s grand­son Ai­den.

Event co-or­di­na­tor Vanessa Jones ex­pressed ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the amount of time and ef­fort John has given to fundrais­ing for the or­gan­i­sa­tion over many years.

This year’s drive started in Ararat and will end in Mt Gam­bier on Septem­ber 13, travelling via Ce­duna and Streaky Bay.

A to­tal of 47 ve­hi­cles, in­clud­ing of­fi­cials, took part in a street pa­rade in Ararat on Mon­day to start the rally and were waved farewell by school chil­dren lin­ing the main street.

Any­one wish­ing to do­nate to this great cause can do so by go­ing to the Cys­tic Fi­bro­sis web­site or con­tact­ing John Milne on his re­turn.

Res­i­dents of Fin­ley Re­gional Care were the re­cip­i­ents of a rare treat last Fri­day when the con­tes­tants of Danc­ing with the Stars held a mati­nee per­for­mance in the ac­tiv­i­ties room at Ber­riquin Nurs­ing Home.

Nearly all of the 75 res­i­dents, in­clud­ing 102 year-old Rita Lang­ham, at­tended the event as all were keen to ob­serve FRC em­ployee Di Gray and her part­ner Micka Lit­tle­john do their rou­tine.

FRC leisure/life­style team leader Christin Thow dressed es­pe­cially for the oc­ca­sion and it was very hard to de­cide whether he or MC Colleen Rock­liff caused the most laugh­ter among the res­i­dents.

Both were ex­tremely en­ter­tain­ing.

Mar­cia Pyle and Greg Lawlor were the first cou­ple to take to the dance floor, fol­lowed by Emma Hurl­ston and Paul Bram­ley, Ally Rourke and Matt Clarke and Di Gray and Micka Lit­tle­john.

Anna Jewel was in at­ten­dance but as her part­ner Peter Brunt was un­able to at­tend, she cheered on the oth­ers as they per­formed.

All of these con­tes­tants took time from work to give the res­i­dents of FRC an af­ter­noon they will re­mem­ber for some time and are to be con­grat­u­lated for their care and con­sid­er­a­tion.

The 100th Fin­ley Show was well at­tended on Sun­day, with those on the gate be­ing kept busy from a very early hour with a con­stant stream of traf­fic in­volv­ing con­tes­tants and vis­i­tors.

Vol­un­teers from St Joseph’s school braved the cold from 6am on­wards and did a great job.

The Fin­ley Show So­ci­ety, con­sist­ing of about 25 mem­bers, spent many hours and much ef­fort to pro­duce this his­tory mak­ing show and are to be con­grat­u­lated on a job well done.

Fin­ley could not have been show­cased any bet­ter and would ri­val many lager town pre­sen­ta­tions.

It was lovely to see Mrs Con­nie Close de­clared Lady of the Day in view of the ‘Close’ as­so­ci­a­tion with the Show So­ci­ety over many years.

Fa­ther of the Day, James Kennedy, was also a de­serv­ing win­ner and his chil­dren Chelsea and twins James and Bai­ley could not have been more proud of their dad.

Once again, the Fin­ley Show brought mem­bers of the com­mu­nity and sur­round­ing ar­eas to­gether in a spirit of friend­ship and cel­e­bra­tion.

Just a re­minder that the St Mary’s Par­ish street stall to sup­port the work of the lo­cal St Vin­cent de Paul So­ci­ety is be­ing held to­day and the sup­port of the com­mu­nity would be much ap­pre­ci­ated.

Many thanks to Ber­nadette Agosta and her helpers for or­gan­is­ing this im­por­tant fundraiser to help those in need in our lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Satur­day, Septem­ber 16 is look­ing good for the Fin­ley Men­shed’s Garage Sale, which will take place from 8.30am un­til 4pm.

There will be plenty of bar­gains and, as the idea is to move items to make space for new stock, the mem­bers of Men­shed are will­ing to ne­go­ti­ate.

Morn­ing tea will be avail­able as well as a bar­be­cue lunch, so be sure to go along and see just what a won­der­ful job is be­ing done in our own com­mu­nity.

The or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee would like to ex­press ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the won­der­ful se­cu­rity sys­tem which has been do­nated to the Men­shed by Ian Robin­son.

Un­for­tu­nately, many items un­able to be used by the group have been left at the front out of busi­ness hours ne­ces­si­tat­ing very costly trips to the rub­bish tip.

As all moneys raised are re­turned to the com­mu­nity, this means less avail­able to help those in need.

Friends of the Fin­ley Pres­by­te­rian Church would like to ad­vise that a meet­ing will be held at the Fin­ley Bowl­ing Club on Thurs­day, Septem­ber 14 at 7.30pm.

There will be many im­por­tant mat­ters to be dis­cussed and all mem­bers are en­cour­aged to at­tend.

The Li­ons Club of Fin­ley is once again par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Li­ons Aus­tralia Gro­cery Grab to raise funds for the Li­ons Cord Blood Foun­da­tion In­cor­po­rated.

This is done in con­junc­tion with our Fin­ley IGA, whose as­sis­tance is much ap­pre­ci­ated.

The fundraiser sup­plies the Fight Cancer Foun­da­tion — for­mally the Bone Mar­row Donor In­sti­tute — with fund­ing for the stor­age of cord blood units which are col­lected from the um­bil­i­cal cord of new­borns.

When pro­cessed the stem cells from the cord blood as­sist in the fight against leukaemia.

Many chil­dren have had their lives saved by this and the stem cells as­sist with other blood dis­or­ders.

The Li­ons Cord Blood Foun­da­tion works in part­ner­ship with the Fight Cancer Foun­da­tion, the Royal Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal, the Mur­doch Chil­dren’s In­sti­tute and Sydney Cord Blood Bank.

Tick­ets went on sale yes­ter­day and are avail­able un­til the end of Septem­ber. The win­ner will be drawn on Oc­to­ber 8. We look for­ward to the sup­port of the Fin­ley com­mu­nity, and re­mind you that half the money raised stays with the lo­cal club.

Items for ‘From Fin­ley’ may be sub­mit­ted by phon­ing 0428 293 922 or email anne.free­stone@big­pond.com, or left at the SOUTH­ERN RIVE­RINA NEWS of­fice.

(Back, from left) Colleen Rock­liff, Christin Thow, Micka Lit­tle­john, Greg Lawlor, Matt Clarke, Paul Bram­ley, Anna Jewel and Vicki Ack­ers and (mid­dle) Di Gray, Mar­cia Pyle, Ally Rourke and Emma Hurl­ston with some of the view­ers of last week’s Danc­ing with the Stars visit spectators.

Fin­ley Show Fa­ther of the Day win­ner James Kennedy with Chelsea, Caleb, Bai­ley and Melissa Kennedy at the an­i­mal pet­ting sec­tion of the event.

John Milne and Alan Smith with Great Es­cape flag­ship car ‘Rosie’.

Christin Thow and Fin­ley ex-school teacher Wilma O’Neill dur­ing the Danc­ing With the Stars visit to Fin­ley Re­gional Care.

FRC’s old­est res­i­dent Rita Lang­ham with Keith Hai­dle dur­ing the Danc­ing with the Stars visit.

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