Lesley’s 30 years of Daffodil Day dedication

August 30, 2017

The Finley community has many generous members who volunteer their services to assist those in need; none more than Lesley Wilson.

Thirty years ago, one year after the Cancer Council Australia began holding what is now known as Daffodil Day, Lesley was a guide leader with the Finley Girl Guide movement.

Having heard of this major fundraiser for cancer research, Lesley, together with Shirley Callaway and Dawn Poore, decided this was one way the Girl Guides could contribute to others less fortunate.

So began the annual sale of daffodils and associated merchandise in the Finley CBD.

The Guides would spend time after school in the business area assisting with the sale of goods and, as Lesley stated, ‘‘Who could resist a young girl in Guide uniform holding a lovely bunch of daffodils?’’

Sadly, the Finley Girl Guide group was eventually disbanded through lack of numbers and Lesley decided to continue supporting Daffodil Day regardless.

She was then assisted by members of Finley Soroptimist, Marj Maxwell, Naomi Pryse and Mary Beattie.

This year, she was joined by another well known local volunteer, Maureen Shalders.

Over the 30 year period the volunteers have averaged $1000 per year with a slight drop during the drought years.

Lesley would like to express her appreciation of the continuing generosity of the community and says she has many happy memories and stories to tell of her experience.

She fondly acknowledges that Kimberly Shumack has purchased a Daffodil Day bear every year since the event was introduced to Finley.

Winner of the raffle held in conjunction with this year’s sale of Cancer Council merchandise was Maree Matheson.


Members of the Finley Hospital Auxiliary Op Shop would like to announce they are conducting a special sale at the shop with most items of clothing going out the door for the low price of $5 each.

There are some better quality items of clothing on hand which are not included in the sale.

For those who are not aware, the Op Shop is open for business Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 4pm as well as Saturday morning.

And, of course, all money raised is used to provide extra life saving facilities at the local hospital.


Finley Regional Care Auxiliary held their AGM on August 23 with the following office bearers elected: President - Marj Maxwell; VP - Lesley Wilson; secretary - Norma McMurray; assistant secretary - Mary Beattie; treasurer - Shirley Gray; publicity officer - Maureen Shalders.

New members are always welcome.

The group will conduct a street stall on September 15 and the annual fashion display by Blooms will take place on October 12.

There are still 10 seats available for the Garden Trip on November 11/12 at a cost of $330. Anyone wishing to take part in this trip is asked to contact Mary Beattie on 58831267.


Another date to keep in mind is Saturday, September 16, when the Finley Menshed will be holding a Garage Sale from 8.30am until 4pm to make space for new stock.

There will be bargains galore, as well as morning tea and a barbecue lunch available.

There is a huge variety of goods to go on sale and all funds raised are distributed back to the local community.

An invitation is extended to anyone wishing to join this group who gather at the Menshed Mondays from 9am until noon; Wednesdays from 9am until 1pm and Fridays 10am until noon.

Further information can be obtained by contacting the Menshed on 58833490; president Graham Fisher on 58834765 or secretary Graeme Falconer on 58831454.


Judy Carmichael was the winner of the final Finley Lions Club wood raffle for this year held last Saturday.

The members would like to take this opportunity to thank the community for the great support given to this major fundraiser and look forward to continuing the wood raffle again during the winter months next year.


The next St Mary’s Parish street stall to support the work of the local St Vincent de Paul Society will be held on Wednesday, September 6.

Donations of edible goods and saleable items would be gratefully received. Further information can be obtained by contacting Bernadette Agosta on 0417897462.


It was really something to see the smiles and expressions on the faces of Finley’s St Joseph’s students who took their pets to school last Friday morning for the annual Blessing of the Pets mass which was held in the Covered Outdoor Learning Area.

Teacher Renee Steward convinced Fr Martin some nine years ago that this should be an annual event which has proved to be very popular.

One dog named ‘Johnny’, accompanied by his owner Alison Kleinschmidt, has attended every one of the nine masses.

There were animals of all sizes in attendance this year to be blessed including lizards, dogs, cats, ponies, birds and many more.

Each pet received a certificate marking the occasion.


Items for ‘From Finley’ may be submitted by phoning 0428293922 or email [email protected] or left at the SRN office.

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