Residents dig deep
Tatura Lions Club members David Moreton and Bruce McLeod with youngster Guy Ferguson with his donation to the Good Friday Appeal. Guy has attended the Royal Children’s Hospital for regular appointments since he was just one day old. He handed over the collected money last week while the township dug deep and raised funds for the great cause. The Tatura Lions Club, CFA, SES and volunteers worked hard rattling tins to kick off the Easter break.
The Tatura community contributed more than $10 000 to the Good Friday Appeal last week, raising much-needed funds for the Royal Children’s Hospital.
Among the donators was 16-year-old Tatura’s Guy Ferguson who collected for the appeal by placing coins in a large whiskey bottle during the year.
Guy’s grandfather Robert Ferguson said Guy had collected the money through doing odd jobs for him.
‘‘He mows my lawns for me,’’ Mr Ferguson said. ‘‘He’s just started doing that.’’ The cause is close to Guy and his family’s heart after he was airlifted to the RCH at just one day old
‘‘He has only got sight in one eye,’’ Mr Ferguson said. ‘‘He was born with it. ‘‘He was going (to the RCH) fairly regularly.’’
Guy’s $141.90 collection was added to the township’s total of $10 500 — collected thanks to the efforts of the CFA, Lions Club and SES.
Mr Ferguson said although the appeal received large donations, it was also the little ones that counted.
‘‘It’s such a terrific cause,’’ he said.
Lions Club member David Moreton said the total was slightly lower than last year’s fundraising efforts, however, the total amount raised had increased over recent years.
‘‘We had lots of young kids helping out with tin rattling,’’ he said.
The Tatura SES Unit was happy to report it raised $706.15 toward the township total.
The CFA was put into swift action during the appeal when it was called to a structure fire.
Member Alan Tyson said the brigade would like to thank all who gave their time and donated.
‘‘The Tatura Brigade are very proud to be involved with this worthy cause,’’ Mr Tyson said.
Bags of donations: Tatura Lions Club members Doug Tuhan, Lyn Schramm and David Moreton.
Future members: Two-year-old Max Wilson and Alex Wilson showed they would be ready for the SES in a few year’s time.
On the job: Tatura CFA life member George Taylor collects a donation.
Another one: Kelham Tyson (right), Tatura CFA junior member, spent the day collecting donations.
Dedicated: Junior Tatura CFA member Kelham Tyson doing his bit for the Royal Children’s Hospital.
Hard at it: The Tatura Fire Brigade team looking a bit weary after attending a structure fire.