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Northern NSW : Summer 2017
Still socking it to ’em The Service was again the beneficiary of sheep in red socks when Festival of the Fleeces committee member and Upper Hunter Shire councillor Ron Campbell presented a $2,500 cheque on 24 September. Merriwa’s Festival of the Fleeces is famous for running a flock of sheep wearing vibrant red knitted socks down the main street. Mr Campbell said the 2016 show was one of the biggest and best in the event’s 26 year history and said it was important to continue to support the Rescue Helicopter as it provides an essential service to the community. It was a perfect day all round at the Shelly Beach Golf Club for the annual charity event on 21 October that raised $8,500 to support the Service. About 90 guests started the day with the traditional BBQ breakfast, followed by 18 holes then a delicious buffet lunch. Major sponsors included The Central Coast Alliance - Insurance House, BJ Howes, Priority Business Lawyers and Bishop Collins Chartered Accountants, with A&J Bastin Transport and RW Griffin Builders the hole sponsors. Congratulations to RW Griffin Builders who took out the winning team honours on the day. Coastal play From little things, big things sew The Hanging of the Quilts is now an important event in Merriwa’s Festival of the Fleeces. Chairperson of the Merriwa Quilters' Ms Deirdre Peebles kindly presented the Service with $650 as a result of the exhibition. This was on top of the festival’s donation. Crowning glory A record 200 riders signed up for the Crowne2Crowne Cycle Classic, a Schwartz Family Company initiative, which started at Crowne Plaza Newcastle with a light breakfast and finished at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley on 6 November. Despite the gusty wind, blue skies and temperate conditions made way for an enjoyable 58 kilometre ride with Lovedale Brewery donating cold lager and Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley donating a tasty BBQ at the finish. Coca Cola Amatil provided water and Powerade for participants while Newcastle Cycleways and Hunter Water showcased what they offer. The event was the biggest classic to be staged during the past eight years and raised more than $12,500. Riders set out for the Crowne2Crowne Cycle Classic The team from Accounting First – Somersby enjoying the day Community Liaison Officer Rochelle McDonald with Merriwa Quilter’s Sue Cronin Merriwa VRA spokesperson Andrew Luke, left and Community Liaison Officer Rochelle McDonald, right, were presented with cheques for $2,500 each from Festival of the Fleeces committee chair Ms Deirdre Peebles and Cr Ron Campbell 9 Rescue Magazine SUMMER 2017
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