Tristy joins in on Male Bag ride

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Lo­cal mo­tor­bike en­thu­si­ast John Trist rode out to meet the Male Bag Foun­da­tion char­ity rid­ers on Satur­day.

Mr Trist said he met the group at the Barmah Road turn off and com­pleted the ride in to De­niliquin with them.

Led by premier­ship VFL/ AFL win­ning coach David Parkin and rid­ing old postie mo­tor­bikes, the group are com­plet­ing a 2000km jour­ney over a week to ri­ase aware­ness and fund­ing for the Male Bag Foun­da­tion — a not-for­profit char­ity de­vel­oped to raise funds for much needed spe­cial­ist equip­ment and ser­vices to re­duce the in­ci­dence of prostate can­cer in re­gional Aus­tralia.

‘‘I met up with the ride team at the Shep­par­ton turn off af­ter their day in the sad­dle from Mel­bourne, much of which was spent in driv­ing rain,’’ Mr Trist said.

‘‘There were 17 rid­ers and three sup­port crew ve­hi­cles, which in­cluded a very ef­fi­cient me­chanic who could deal with any me­chan­i­cal prob­lems.

‘‘The bikes were split into two groups and cruised along hap­pily at 90km/h. They ar­rived in Deni at about 5pm.’’

David Parkin who is the Pa­tron of the Male Bag Ride Foun­da­tion is a well known iden­tity hav­ing pre­vi­ously been the coach of the Carl­ton Foot­ball Club.

He joined Carl­ton at the same time as Barry Adams, a Deni boy who at­tended De­niliquin High School in the early 60s.

Af­ter an overnight stop which in­cluded din­ner at the De­niliquin RSL Club, the rid­ers met for break­fast at The Cross­ing Cafe from where ‘Parko’ was in­ter­viewed on the ‘Macca All Over Aus­tralia’ ra­dio pro­gram.

They then, with­out Mr Trist in tow this time, headed off to­ward Fin­ley where they stopped at for­mer Gee­long foot­baller Jack Hawkins’ farm and then a char­ity event at Fin­ley’s Coun­try Club Ho­tel.

The char­ity ride will also pass through Parkes, Bathurst, Can­berra, Wagga Wagga, Mul­wala and Nagam­bie be­fore fin­ish­ing in Mel­bourne on Satur­day.

Fam­ily af­fair

It was a fam­ily af­fair at the De­niliquin Caulfield Cup Race Day with Les Camp­bell en­joy­ing a day out with his son Wayne Camp­bell and daugh­ter Vicki Barnes on Satur­day.

All three have strong ties with the De­niliquin Rac­ing Club hav­ing all earned life mem­ber­ship with the club.

Les said that they ‘‘never miss’’ the lo­cal race meet­ings.

‘‘It’s al­ways a great day to en­joy with the fam­ily,’’ he said.

‘‘We all just love the club and can’t thank ev­ery­one that helps out enough for putting on such a great day.’’

The trio were in at­ten­dance to present the RA (Rab­bit) Camp­bell Me­mo­rial Tro­phy for the sea­son’s lead­ing jockey, an award named af­ter their son/brother, which was won by Tatura based jockey Lee Smith.

Race day birth­day

What bet­ter way to cel­e­brate a birth­day than book­ing a mar­quee at the Caulfield Cup Race Day at De­niliquin Rac­ing Club?

That’s ex­actly what Kel­lie Cross­ley thought, choos­ing the event to cel­e­brate her be­lated 40th birth­day.

De­spite her birth­day ac­tu­ally be­ing July 28, Kel­lie waited pa­tiently be­fore cel­e­brat­ing the mile­stone.

‘‘I de­cided I should pick a time when ev­ery­one could get to­gether and be able to en­joy some nice weather,’’ she said.

‘‘I’ve been pa­tiently wait­ing but get­ting the mar­quee was a great idea.

‘‘I had over 100 peo­ple there help­ing me cel­e­brate with fam­ily as well as friends from pri­mary school, sec­ondary school and univer­sity all there.

‘‘It was also a bonus not hav­ing to clean up the house af­ter a cel­e­bra­tion too.’’

Pho­tos from Kel­lie’s 40th cel­e­bra­tions will be in Fri­day’s edi­tion.

Hal­loween disco

De­niliquin Gym­nas­tics Club and Deni The­atre Com­pany are join­ing forces to hold a Hal­loween themed disco this Satur­day.

There will be snacks, drinks, dance and cos­tume com­pe­ti­tions as well as lots of fun games and ac­tiv­i­ties.

The event is strictly for those aged five to 16 years-old, with a cost of $15 for a ticket.

In­cluded in the en­try price is one snack and drink.

The disco will run from 4pm un­til 6pm and will be held out at the De­niliquin Sta­dium.

Tick­ets are limited so get in quick by mes­sag­ing the Deni The­atre Com­pany Face­book page.

■ De­niliquin Rac­ing Club life mem­bers Wayne Camp­bell, Vicki Barnes and Les Camp­bell en­joy­ing a day out at the De­niliquin Caulfield Cup Race Day.

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