Res­i­dents dig deep

The Tatura Guardian - - Front Page - By Tara Whitsed

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.

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