Lions Club in Waugh foun­da­tion aid

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS - SHAUN McMANUS

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.

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