Sharon shares bike ride ad­ven­ture

Southern Riverina news - - NEWS -

It was a cold, wet day when lo­cal iden­tity Sharon Parm­ley mounted her bike to be­gin the 2012 Con­quer Can­cer Ride, which was held over two days, Oc­to­ber 27 and 28.

A tired, ex­hausted but ex­hil­a­rated Sharon re­ports on her ad­ven­ture.

‘‘I took part in the 2012 Con­quer Can­cer Ride, Oc­to­ber 27 and 28 - start­ing from a cold and wet Al­bert Park Lake, through a tough and hilly course to Healesville where I camped with around 1650 other par­tic­i­pants in a mas­sive sea of blue tents on the Healesville football ground.

‘‘The Ride was tough in many ways - phys­i­cally and emo­tion­ally - al­though you drew in­spi­ra­tion from oth­ers around you and met lots of won­der­ful peo­ple. We all had our own sto­ries to tell.

‘‘When­ever you saw riders on a bike with a yel­low flag you could only ad­mire their courage. And to the guy on the uni­cy­cle, fan­tas­tic ef­fort, 200km ab­so­lutely amaz­ing.

‘‘The community spirit, along with peo­ple cheer­ing, kept you ped­dling.

‘‘The vol­un­teers were fan­tas­tic and made ev­ery­thing flow so smoothly. I can­not imag­ine the plan­ning that would have been needed for such an event.

‘‘The sec­ond day was much the same, still with lots of hills and hard work.

‘‘On ar­riv­ing back at Al­bert Park Lake I had a sense of a great per­sonal achieve­ment; firstly by rais­ing $11,127.55 and se­condly by be­ing a part of one of the largest fundrais­ers in Aus­tralia.

‘‘The Ride raised $6.2 mil­lion for the Peter MacCal­lum can­cer re­search pro­gram.

‘‘I also had my won­der­ful fam­ily and friends wait­ing for me at the fin­ish line – a mo­ment never to be for­got­ten.

‘‘I would also like to thank all the gen­er­ous peo­ple who made do­na­tions and as­sisted me in any way. ‘‘We did good.’’

●●● Peter and Lee Vam­vas will be sadly missed from the Fin­ley community fol­low­ing their de­par­ture for Perth on Mon­day.

The cou­ple has played many roles in the area since mov­ing here in 1971 with their three chil­dren.

Juli­ette, Jef­fery and An­thony all at­tended St Joseph’s Catholic School, Fin­ley High and As­sump­tion Col­lege.

Peter and Jef­fery were look­ing for­ward to some qual­ity fa­ther/son time as they trav­elled by road to the west af­ter putting Lee on a plane in Mel­bourne on Mon­day.

●●● Bi­ralee Preschool would like to thank the Fin­ley Farm­ers’ Mar­ket for the won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in the Gate for Growth pro­gram.

It has also thanked the mem­bers of the community who voted for the school on the day.

The school is look­ing for­ward to pur­chas­ing some new out­door sports equip­ment for the chil­dren to use and de­velop their skills fur­ther.

The Preschool still has a few va­can­cies in both the three and four year-old en­rol­ments for 2013.

Any­one con­sid­er­ing send­ing their child to the preschool in 2013 is in­vited to go along to the school or call the di­rec­tor Ka­rina Smith on 5883 1609.

●●● Fin­ley Bowl­ing Club has se­lected St Joseph’s School as the re­cip­i­ent of the Monthly Char­ity Draw, which will take place at the club on Fri­day, Novem­ber 30.

School prin­ci­pal Toody Bray­bon en­cour­ages fam­i­lies of the school community to at­tend the fundraiser on the night and to bring along their friends.

This move by the Bowl­ing Club is prov­ing very pop­u­lar and has given back so much to many or­gan­i­sa­tions in our town.

Meals will be avail­able and book­ings are ad­vis­able by phon­ing the Club on 5883 1234.

●●● The Aus­tralia Day or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee has been work­ing hard pre­par­ing for the Ber­ri­gan Shire ac­tiv­i­ties to be held in Fin­ley on Jan­uary 26, 2013.

All schools in the Shire have shown great en­thu­si­asm and pre­pared­ness to par­tic­i­pate in the pro­gram, which is open to all.

The com­mit­tee in­vites all chil­dren in the Shire to par­tic­i­pate in the fol­low­ing com­pe­ti­tions: Dec­o­rated Bike Com­pe­ti­tion; Write a short story or poem on the theme of ‘Why I like liv­ing in Aus­tralia’; Pro­duce an Aus­tralian Flag us­ing any medium e.g. paint, col­lage etc; A paint­ing with an Aus­tralian theme; and a photo with an Aus­tralian theme.

The Aus­tralian Flag may be com­pleted by a group, as long as it is clearly marked as such.

All en­tries will be dis­played in the li­brary of each town in the shire, and the win­ning en­tries will be dis­played at St Joseph’s school hall on the Fri­day and Satur­day of the cel­e­bra­tions.

It is un­der­stood that Fin­ley High School is plan­ning some­thing spe­cial, how­ever de­tails can­not be dis­closed at this stage.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on any of the com­pe­ti­tions phone Les­ley Wil­son on 5883 1177, Bev and Gil Silby on 5883 2073 or mo­bile 0418 669 600 or Heather Thomas on 5883 2221.

●●● The Fin­ley Community Help Group (Sec­ond Hand Shop) re­cently held their AGM.

Barry Dawe was re­elected as pres­i­dent, Nella McNa­mara as sec­re­tary and trea­surer Lou Koschel.

The Sec­ond Hand Shop has had a very suc­cess­ful 12 months due to a com­bi­na­tion of en­thu­si­as­tic vol­un­teers, gen­er­ous do­na­tions and the sup­port of the community.

The or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee is pleased to ad­vise the shop will now open on Wed­nes­day morn­ings, from 9.30am to noon, through Novem­ber and De­cem­ber, plus the usual times, Thurs­day’s 9.30am to 2pm; Fri­day’s 9.30am to 4pm and Satur­day’s from 9.30am to noon.

Fur­ther de­tails can be ob­tained by phon­ing 5883 3211.

A com­bined Christ­mas Party and farewell to Lee Vam­vas was held on Sun­day Oc­to­ber 28 at the home of Barry and Kay­lene Dawe.

●●● The Tocumwal/Fin­ley/ Jer­ilderie Angli­can Parish Fete Com­mit­tee would like to thank the community for sup­port­ing the Funny Faces Fete in Fin­ley last month.

The win­ners of the main raf­fle of a full dressed lamb were Mr and Mrs John Allen, Mr and Mrs Vicher­ton and the Out­door & More gift voucher Jenny McLeod.

Shirley Fuller won the cake stall raf­fle, Ju­dith Fitz­patrick won the pro­duce stall raf­fle, John Hawkins won the plant stall raf­fle, Tess Fewtrell won the craft stall raf­fle, War­ren Lang won the Rive­rina Ford voucher and Guess the Lol­lies went to Beau Tur­ton.

In the flower com­pe­ti­tion, Best Sin­gle Rose was won by Lita Cole and Best Sin­gle Flower won by Mar­garet McLeod.

The Funny Faces dec­o­rated plate was won by Lind­say Matheson (preschool, un­der 5), Harry Haynes (Kinder - Year 2) and Spencer Hawkins (Year 3-6).

A fun day was had by all, and all con­tri­bu­tions and sup­port were greatly ap­pre­ci­ated.

●●● Items for ‘From Fin­ley’ may be sub­mit­ted by phon­ing 0428 293 922 or email­[email protected]­, or left at the SOUTH­ERN RIVE­RINA NEWS of­fice.

Fin­ley Farm­ers’ Mar­ket Sec­re­tary Nola Pin­nuck presents Gate for Growth pro­ceeds to Bi­ralee Preschool Di­rec­tor Karen Smith.

Sharon Parm­ley at the fin­ish of the 2012 Con­quer Can­cer Ride.

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