Fire sta­tion open day is this Sun­day

Southern Riverina news - - NEWS - Anne Jones

Come and meet the fire­fight­ers at Wise Court this Sun­day.

There will be lots of fun things to do like squirt­ing fire hoses, crawl all over the fire truck and kids show bags.

There will also be a bar­be­cue. Ac­tiv­i­ties run from 9am to 3pm.

To­mor­row is ‘R U OK Day’; a day in which we are re­minded to check out our friends who may be do­ing it tough and ask ‘‘Are you OK?’’

It’s also a day to re­mind us to speak up if we are not feel­ing okay, and to seek help. It may be as sim­ple as talk­ing with a friend.

A bench­mark for fu­ture Lo­cal Health Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil meet­ings has been set fol­low­ing Tocumwal’s host­ing du­ties last week, ac­cord­ing to Mur­rumbidgee Lo­cal Health District CEO Jill Lud­ford.

In her speech on Thurs­day she spoke of the ex­cel­lent lo­cally sourced food for the full two days, the hos­pi­tal­ity, the de´cor, the venue on the beau­ti­ful Mur­ray River and the friend­li­ness of the peo­ple of Tocumwal.

Del­e­gates who came from as far away as Lake Cargel­lico, Barham and Boorowa were ful­some in their praise of their hosts at all the lo­cal mo­tels.

An amaz­ing 29 out 33 LHACs were rep­re­sented, and some of the at­ten­dees took an early walk to Town Beach and met a koala which made their day.

Tocumwal LHAC mem­bers, who are all vol­un­teers, had been plan­ning this event since May and their care­ful plan­ning made the event such as suc­cess.

Of course they had help along the way from their spon­sors, in­clud­ing Ber­ri­gan Shire Coun­cil, South­ern Cross Olives, McCal­lum’s Honey and Smithers Or­chards and of course the lo­cal Tocumwal Hos­pi­tal Aux­il­iary, which ran the suc­cess­ful raf­fle.

Pro­ceeds from the raf­fle and other com­pe­ti­tions will add to the fund for pa­tient com­forts in the Tocumwal Multi Pur­pose Ser­vice.

There were two out­stand­ing speak­ers at the fo­rum, in­clud­ing Wed­nes­day’s key­note speaker Vicki Jel­lie.

Af­ter her hus­band Peter died of can­cer in 2008, she found his plans for a lo­cal can­cer fundraiser.

Peter had been forced to go to Mel­bourne to have ra­di­a­tion for oe­sophageal can­cer and it had been his dream to bring ra­dio­ther­apy ser­vices to War­rnam­bool.

Peter died 20 weeks af­ter di­ag­no­sis. He had spent 10 of them re­ceiv­ing treat­ment in Mel­bourne away from his fam­ily and friends. Now it be­came Vicki’s goal to turn her late hus­band’s dream into re­al­ity and ‘Peter’s Project’ was born.

Af­ter suc­cess­fully lob­by­ing lo­cal, state and fed­eral gov­ern­ments, Peter’s Project be­gan a fundrais­ing cam­paign to se­cure $5 mil­lion from the com­mu­nity.

Ms Jel­lie was told the fundrais­ing tar­get was im­pos­si­ble, but within nine months the goal had been reached. State and fed­eral gov­ern­ments then came on board with $25 mil­lion, lead­ing to the open­ing of the South West Re­gional Can­cer Cen­tre in July 2016.

In her speech, Ms Jel­lie en­cour­aged other in­di­vid­u­als and com­mu­ni­ties to ‘‘aim high’’ and strive to make a dif­fer­ence.

“We can all make a dif­fer­ence, no mat­ter how small or large it is. Don’t be afraid to step for­ward and talk about what you be­lieve in and what your dream is, lead by ex­am­ple with op­ti­mism and courage,” she said.

Vicki was met with a stand­ing ova­tion, and there was hardly a dry eye in the house.

Thurs­day’s speaker was Felic­ity Wil­ton on the tran­si­tion to the Na­tional Dis­abil­ity In­surance Scheme.

Felic­ity and her fam­ily live on a beef pro­duc­ing prop­erty between Hol­brook and Wagga Wagga and her son Ber­tie is pro­foundly dis­abled with sig­nif­i­cant med­i­cal needs.

De­spite be­ing blind, deaf and need­ing tube feed­ing, Felic­ity says he is the hap­pi­est lit­tle boy. She is his full time care giver, but man­ages to get two days respite care a week.

Those days are filled with do­ing fam­ily gro­cery shop­ping as they live an hour from town or help­ing her hus­band on the farm.

Her story and hope the NDIS could see some im­prove­ments in care for the dis­abled was also met with a stand­ing ova­tion and plenty of tears.

Probus meet this Thurs­day at 10am in the footy/net­ball pav­il­ion and it is a great so­cial day con­nec­tion with friends.

A cou­ple of the events planned in the near fu­ture are a trip to Kalan­gadoo Nurs­ery on Septem­ber 21 and then on Oc­to­ber 12 an­other to the Spring­field Iris Farm in McCulloch’s Rd, all in hon­our of our very late ar­riv­ing spring.

Re­mem­ber the com­mu­nity meet­ing on Septem­ber 21 at 6.30pm in the old bowls club, to form a com­mit­tee to de­cide the di­rec­tion to take with that build­ing.

Hosted by the Tocumwal Lions Club, it is an im­por­tant meet­ing for the town and ev­ery­body is wel­come to come along and give their sup­port.

Light re­fresh­ments will be served.

Sa­cred Heart School this week thank the Tocumwal Phar­macy for their gen­er­ous do­na­tion of $100.70.

The do­na­tion has come about through their ‘Chemist Own’ shop­per in­cen­tive scheme.

Through the win­ter months, pur­chases made of ‘Chemist Own’ prod­ucts have earned a per­cent­age back as a do­na­tion to a nom­i­nated cause.

Over the win­ter Sa­cred Heart was one of the nom­i­nated causes.

Sa­cred Heart School chick­ens have been hatch­ing and the chil­dren are en­joy­ing watch­ing them grow up.

Thank you to Adrian Baker for bring­ing in a box to house them whilst they are so lit­tle.

On Fri­day Septem­ber 1 Tocumwal Public School had 16 stu­dents com­pete at the Rive­rina Re­gional Ath­let­ics Car­ni­val held in Al­bury.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to: Heath Mansell, Lo­gan White, Liam Sut­ton, Char­lie Locke, Hunter Hard­widge, Jemma Reid, Alice Bourchier, Tahlia Pate, Lexie Mathers, Alana Sut­ton, Jes­sica Ben­nett, Macken­zie Loughridge, Zarli Gow, Maksym Eddy, Hunter Mathers and Macey White who were mem­bers of the Fin­ley District Team.

It was a great ex­pe­ri­ence for our ath­letes who, for many, ex­pe­ri­enced this high level for the first time.

The school was very im­pressed by all of the chil­dren’s re­sults, with some mak­ing the fi­nals and only nar­rowly miss­ing out in qual­i­fy­ing for the State Car­ni­val.

A stand out per­for­mance was given by Maksym Eddy, who fin­ished sec­ond over­all in the 11 years Boys Shot Put. This qual­i­fies him for the NSW PSSA State Cham­pi­onships in Syd­ney next term.

A truly spec­tac­u­lar ef­fort and re­sult throw­ing over a me­tre more than his pre­vi­ous record set back at Tocumwal Public school.

Big con­grat­u­la­tions to our Tocumwal foot­ball and net­ball teams that won their grand fi­nals on the week­end.

A spe­cial men­tion to the our under 15s net­ball girls who all braided their hair as a spe­cial win­ning for­mula.

Great ef­fort by ev­ery­one, we’re all very proud of you.

The under 15s net­ballers were uni­form with their braided hair.

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