Relay creates a special bond for Lipshut’s Mob
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 to www.relayforlife.org.au or call 1300 656 585.
More information is also available on the Relay for Life Wangaratta Facebook page.
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.