Tristy joins in on Male Bag ride
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.
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.
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.