Cham­pion ef­fort for Molly by Cooper

Dubbo Photo News - - News - By YVETTE AUBUS­SON-FO­LEY

IT takes a lot of grit to climb onto the back of a buck­ing steer and hang on to be­come a na­tional cham­pion – twice. That’s the stuff Cooper Mitchell, 12, is made of so no won­der he’s stepped up to sup­port a mate do­ing it rough; Molly Croft, who was di­ag­nosed with Os­teosar­coma early last month.

This Satur­day, Septem­ber 27, Cooper has cho­sen his homeground rodeo at Geurie to shave off his long locks to raise money for Molly.

“Cooper ap­proached us a cou­ple of weeks ago and asked if he could shave his head at the Geurie Rodeo to raise money for his school mate who is in hos­pi­tal,” Geurie Rodeo com­mit­tee pres­i­dent Greg Frewin told Dubbo

“We couldn’t say yes quickly enough be­cause it’s great be able to pro­vide a venue for such a wor­thy cause.”

Cooper said it wasn’t hard to come up with a way fundraise for Molly.

“Mum asked me when I was go­ing to get a hair­cut and I told her that I was go­ing to keep grow­ing it nice and long, and then shave it to raise money to help Molly and her fam­ily while she is in hos­pi­tal,” he said.

“Molly is re­ally into sport and we go to the same school and I just wanted to do some­thing to help,” he said.

“We will be pass­ing around a hat while Cooper shaves his head in front of the crowd just be­fore the main per­for­mance on Satur­day evening,” Mr Frewin said.

Geurie Rodeo

Geurie Show­ground Satur­day, Septem­ber 29, from 10am.

z Around 5.30pm: Cooper’s “Shave for Molly”

z 6pm: Main per­for­mance

z Do­nate at the Geurie Rodeo via Mor­ri­son’s Fam­ily Eye­care Cen­tre on Winge­warra Street or St Mary’s Pri­mary School. MEM­BER for Parkes Mark Coul­ton is now re­ceiv­ing nom­i­na­tions for the Mo­bile Black Spot Pro­gram’s data­base of lo­ca­tions where mo­bile phone cov­er­age is in­ad­e­quate.

Nom­i­na­tions can go di­rectly to his of­fice on the cor­ner of Church and Bris­bane Streets Dubbo. Al­ter­na­tively, you can also sub­mit them to Coun­cil.

The nom­i­na­tions will in­form the roll­out of the next round of the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment’s $220 mil­lion Mo­bile Black Spot Pro­gram.

The data­base is open for four weeks un­til Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 11.

The pro­gram will pro­vide new or im­proved mo­bile cov­er­age in ar­eas where there are clear eco­nomic and so­cial ben­e­fits.

Ju­nior cham­pion bull rider and St Mary’s Pri­mary school stu­dent Cooper Mitchell, 12, will shave his head at the Geurie Rodeo this Satur­day to raise money for Molly Croft. PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

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