Whitty wins big in Lions gro­cery grab

Southern Riverina news - - NEWS - Anne Free­stone

Paul Whitty was de­lighted to re­ceive a phone call from Fin­ley Lions Club mem­ber Peter Martin on Satur­day with the news he was the win­ner of the gro­cery grab raf­fle.

The lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tion would like to thank the com­mu­nity for its con­tin­ued sup­port of this im­por­tant project.

Un­der this pro­gram, half of the money raised goes to the Lions Cord Blood Foun­da­tion while the re­main­der is re­tained by the lo­cal club for its com­mu­nity.

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

The Lions Cord Blood Foun­da­tion sup­plies fund­ing for the col­lec­tion and stor­age of cord blood units which are col­lected from the um­bil­i­cal cord of the new­born.

It also sup­plies fund­ing for a blood col­lec­tion nurse and a proper data base.

Stem cells are pro­cessed from the cord blood to as­sist chil­dren bat­tling Leukaemia and other blood dis­or­ders.

All the par­tic­i­pat­ing Lions Clubs have raised around $2 mil­lion over a 10 year pe­riod for the Lions Cord Blood Foun­da­tion

The Fin­ley Lions Club would like to ex­press spe­cial thanks and ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the con­tin­ued sup­port of IGA.

Prepa­ra­tions are well un­der­way for the Angli­can Par­ish Fete at the grounds in Coree St, Fin­ley to be held this Satur­day from 9am.

There will be lots of craft, plants and cake stalls as well as morn­ing tea and a bar­be­cue lunch.

There will also be vin­tage ve­hi­cles on dis­play and mu­sic to keep ev­ery­one en­ter­tained.

Raf­fle prizes in­clude a dressed lamb for first prize and half a dressed lamb for sec­ond and third, as well as other good­ies.

This is al­ways a pop­u­lar event on the Angli­can Church calendar and it is un­der­stood Rev Stephen has spe­cial con­nec­tions to guar­an­tee nice spring weather.

Just a re­minder that help is needed at the Fin­ley Swim­ming Pool this week­end to en­sure the pool and sur­rounds are clean and safe for the up­com­ing sea­son.

It is ad­vised peo­ple bring along a pair of gloves, and if any­one has a pres­sure washer it would also be of great as­sis­tance.

The Fin­ley Pool Com­mit­tee would love any­one in­ter­ested in join­ing the group to go along to the meet­ings held on the first Tues­day of each month at the Fin­ley RS Club, set to start at 7.30pm.

New mem­bers are al­ways wel­come and it is good to get fresh ideas and sug­ges­tions from the com­mu­nity.

The Fin­ley Show So­ci­ety his­tory book, ‘ 100 Shows, 104 years’, is avail­able from the sec­re­tary and the South­ern Rive­rina News of­fice.

The book show­cases the high­lights of the show so­ci­ety and its many com­mit­tee mem­bers since 1913. The book can be pur­chased for $25. Lo­cal his­to­rian Peter Hamil­ton has also put to­gether a DVD on the 100th Fin­ley Show and Show Din­ner, and it can be pur­chased for $25 from Mr Hamil­ton or Murray Hut Cloth­ing.

Due to un­fore­seen cir­cum­stances, the Re­treat Hall Com­mit­tee Bush Bash — which was to be held on Oc­to­ber 29 — has been can­celled.

The Fin­ley Angli­can Church Ladies Guild will be host­ing a Hat Pa­rade in the Coree St hall on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 19.

To be held from 2pm to 4pm, new sea­son hats made by well-known lo­cal milliner Mar­garet Singleton will be pre­sented, with styles and colours to suit all ages and oc­ca­sions.

En­try fee for the af­ter­noon will be $20, which in­cludes high tea and a raf­fle ticket with the chance to win one of Mar­garet’s exclusive hats.

This is a great op­por­tu­nity to go along and view the wide range on show with the rac­ing sea­son in full swing.

The Fin­ley Unit­ing Church Friend­ship Morn­ing is be­ing held in the Coree St church hall to­mor­row from 10am.

Ev­ery­one is wel­come to go along and en­joy a re­lax­ing morn­ing, meet friends and make new ones. The morn­ing will con­clude with a light lunch.

Fin­ley is gear­ing up for the in­au­gu­ral Fincity Food and Mu­sic Fest to be held at Rail­way Park this com­ing Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 14.

There will be a twi­light farmer’s mar­ket and lo­cal re­tail busi­ness stalls, as well as many food stalls op­er­at­ing be­tween 5pm and 9pm.

Lo­cal mu­si­cians, singers and bands will en­ter­tain the crowd and, as usual, the Rail­way Park is a great set­ting for events of this kind so go along with fam­ily and friends to sit, re­lax and en­joy time to­gether as a car­ing com­mu­nity.

Plans are well un­der­way for Fr Martin Cruick­shank’s farewell to take place in Fin­ley on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 22.

There will be a spe­cial mass at St. Mary’s Church from 10.15am, fol­lowed by a fin­ger food lunch at the Fin­ley Bowl­ing Club.

Martin has been Par­ish Pri­est to both Fin­ley and Tocumwal parishes for the past 18 years and will take up his new po­si­tion at Sa­cred Heart, North Al­bury, in De­cem­ber.

Rev Stephen Davis said he wishes Fr Cruick­shank well and will ‘‘truly miss his friend­ship’’.

‘‘Martin would be the most ‘user friendly’ and easy to get along with, gen­uinely car­ing, Catholic Pri­est that I have ever had to min­is­ter with in a com­mu­nity,’’ he said.

An open in­vi­ta­tion is ex­tended to all mem­bers of the com­mu­nity to at­tend and no RSVP is nec­es­sary, how­ever, an in­di­ca­tion of at­ten­dance would be ap­pre­ci­ated for cater­ing pur­poses.

Veron­ica Bray­bon can be con­tacted on 0409 044 848 or Aileen Phe­lan on 0427 132 713.

There will be a wish­ing well avail­able for those who wish to ex­press their ap­pre­ci­a­tion of Fr Martin’s friend­ship and ex­tend best wishes.

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.

IGA’s David Con­rick (cen­tre) drew the win­ning Fin­ley Lions Club gro­cery grab ticket as­sisted by Fin­ley Lions Club mem­bers Peter Martin (left) and Steve McRae.

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