Deniliquin Pastoral Times
A little kindness
Hope Spalding is not a coffee drinker, but she knows many of her Motiv8 Health & Fitness clients and other community members are.
So to make lockdown a little easier for a small section of her community this week, Hope went to local business Harry Pepper Coffee with a plan to brighten up the day.
She paid for the next 50 coffees ordered from the small business.
‘‘Lockdown has been hard for a lot of people, and it was just a small gesture to put a smile on faces,’’ Hope said.
‘‘I don’t actually drink coffee, but they (Harry Pepper owners Adam Connally and Libby Drummond) support my business, and I know a lot of my members are customers of theirs.’’
One of the recipients of the act of kindness was Kristy Buckley, who paid that kindness forward.
‘‘It really made my day (to receive a free coffee), but I am one of the lucky ones who is still able to work,’’ the staffer for Member for Murray Helen Dalton said.
‘‘So I went back in and paid for my coffee, and donated my freebie to someone else.
‘‘A little gesture like that makes you realise how lucky we are to live in this community, and that’s why my family has decided to stay.’’
Art can be entertaining and cathartic, and local artist Jan Harris got creative in an attempt to release her frustrations about the COVID-19 lockdown this week.
‘‘I did a cartoon to eliminate some of my angst at the lockdowns these people enforce without being able to point to valid reasons. I felt better afterwards,’’ she said.
The comical cartoon takes a swipe at the concept of federation, and depicts NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews as turkeys.
And Jan made sure not to exclude Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk from the mix.
‘‘We used to do first aid, and I also did a course in case of nuclear bombs 50 plus years ago. These were preparedness courses, so in the event of a crisis, we knew what to do and therefore were less likely to panic.
‘‘Today, the message seems to be keep information scarce, and only release deaths, therefore building up the fear level.’’
Riggall results soon
Finalists in the Chamber Riggall Fellowship will be announced shortly.
Chamber executive officer Lauren Ryan says it is excited to share the news with the finalists and the community.
The fellowship, named in honour of Gaye Riggall, is for young people under 35
currently working in a Deniliquin Business Chamber member business.
The recipient will receive up to $2000 towards training, study or professional development and gives a unique opportunity for a young person working in Deniliquin to invest in themselves and their career.
The winner is to be announced at the Deniliquin Business Awards night.
Scaled down commemoration
Vietnam Veteran’s Day passed almost unceremoniously on Wednesday, thanks to the NSW lockdown cancelling plans for a commemorative service in the Waring Gardens.
But the Deniliquin RSL Sub-branch was not prepared to let it go by entirely unrecognised.
Sub-branch president Don Ward and secretary John Harris used their outdoor exercise time to place a wreath at the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial on Wednesday morning, and to draw down the flags to half mast at the Deniliquin Cenotaph.
Like many others, Deniliquin Auskick has decided to postpone its last session and presentation ceremony for 2021 due to the NSW lockdown.
Program coordinator Scott Nilsson said the session which was meant to be held this Sunday, will be rescheduled to a new date when COVID restrictions allow.