Re­lay cre­ates a spe­cial bond for Lip­shut’s Mob

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News - BY SHANE DOUTHIE sd­outhie@ne­me­

VET­ERAN ‘re­lay­ers’ may not walk as far as some but they en­joy life even more.

That could be the motto of Keith Lip­shut’s Mob, ar­guably the most ex­pe­ri­enced fundrais­ing team in the Wan­garatta Re­lay for Life to be held on Oc­to­ber 20 and 21.

The team was formed by a group of ma­ture aged gentle­man who train reg­u­larly to­gether at the Wan­garatta Sports and Aquatic Cen­tre fol­lowed by a friendly cof­fee and chat.

“Keith was part of our group and when the Re­lay for Life started we de­cided we would raise money for them,” leg­endary lo­cal fundraiser Lau­rie Johns said.

“He was the am­bas­sador for the re­lay and we all de­cided around the cof­fee ta­ble to join him.

“He was only in­volved for a cou­ple of years be­fore he died of can­cer and we ap­proached his fam­ily for per­mis­sion to use his name for our team.”

The group ini­tially took up a col­lec­tion af­ter their fit­ness ses­sions be­fore Lau­rie, who sur­vived his own bout with can­cer in 2011, used his fort­nightly fundrais­ing ef­fort at the North Eastern Ho­tel for the cause.

“I’ve run a raf­fle there since 1990 for the Aus­tralasian Or­der of Old Bas­tards (AOOB) but then they folded in 2011 so I just di­rected it to the Wan­garatta Spe­cial Olympics,” Lau­rie, who will be 91 dur­ing this year’s re­lay, said.

“When I was no longer in­volved there I kept rais­ing funds just for dif­fer­ent or­gan­i­sa­tions.”

Ev­ery sec­ond Fri­day you will see Lau­rie at ‘The Northo’ sell­ing his tick­ets for a meat tray, veg­gie tray and half a dozen stub­bies with pro­ceeds go­ing to the Re­lay for Life.

“A lot of us are fairly el­derly now and on the day we might wan­der around the track a bit but we can’t keep up with the younger ones,” he said.

“We each bring some food along and just sit un­der out tent and en­joy the day and have a bit of fun.”

The Lip­schut Mob which ranges in age from 68 to well into the 90s, still ex­er­cises three times a week at WISAC fol­lowed by a cof­fee and chat af­ter­wards at around 9.30am.

New mem­bers are wel­come, you can join them in the WISAC café or phone Lau­rie on 5721 5361 (leave a mes­sage if there is no an­swer).

Any­one wish­ing to get in­volved in Re­lay for Life Wan­garatta at the WJ Findlay Oval on Oc­to­ber 20, 21 can go to­lay­for­ or call 1300 656 585.

More in­for­ma­tion is also avail­able on the Re­lay for Life Wan­garatta Face­book page.

PHOTO: Kylie Wil­son

TEAM OF LEG­ENDS: Wan­garatta Re­lay for Life team Keith Lip­shut’s Mob at their reg­u­lar train­ing ses­sion at the Wan­garatta In­door Sports and Aquatic cengtre (back, from left) Rod Davis, Adrian Twitt, John Green, Peter Ford, (front, from left) Lau­rie Johns, Jack Ke­nealy, Henk Ze­in­stra and Peter Vaughan.

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