Sharon shares bike ride adventure
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 anne.free[email protected]pond.com, 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.