Lions Club in Waugh foundation aid
AUSTRALIAN cricketing legend Steve Waugh has been presented with a $500 donation for his charity by the Lions Club of New Norfolk during a visit to the Derwent Valley last week.
A number of highprofile sports starts, including former Formula 1 ace Mark Webber and star Tasmanian cyclist Richie Porte were in New Norfolk as part of the Steve Waugh Foundation’s Captain’s Ride on Friday.
The cycling event, which raised funds for children with rare diseases, included a 70-rider pack to tackle a six-day, 800km ride across Tasmania.
Lions Club of New Norfolk member Denis Carmichael volunteered to present the donation after the club decided to help the charity out.
“I said I would tee it up and try and present it when they come through New Norfolk, because I looked at the itinerary and saw when they were coming through,” Mr Carmichael said.
“It didn’t say where they were stopping until the last minute, and I looked on the map again and it said they were lunching at the Salvation Army [in New Norfolk].”
Mr Carmichael contacted the organiser of the ride and arranged to meet up and hand over the $500.
“We got the chance to present it just before they left to ride down to Hobart,” he said.
It was a thrill for him to meet one of his cricketing idols.
“He was one of the best captains ... I definitely watched the Waugh brothers,” he said.
CHEQUE, MATE: Steve Waugh with Lions Club of New Norfolk member Denis Carmichael, left, and treasurer Barry Adlard.