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Fire station open day is this Sunday

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September 13, 2017

Come and meet the firefighters at Wise Court this Sunday.

There will be lots of fun things to do like squirting fire hoses, crawl all over the fire truck and kids show bags.

There will also be a barbecue. Activities run from 9am to 3pm.

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Tomorrow is ‘R U OK Day’; a day in which we are reminded to check out our friends who may be doing it tough and ask ‘‘Are you OK?’’

It’s also a day to remind us to speak up if we are not feeling okay, and to seek help. It may be as simple as talking with a friend.

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A benchmark for future Local Health Advisory Council meetings has been set following Tocumwal’s hosting duties last week, according to Murrumbidgee Local Health District CEO Jill Ludford.

In her speech on Thursday she spoke of the excellent locally sourced food for the full two days, the hospitality, the décor, the venue on the beautiful Murray River and the friendliness of the people of Tocumwal.

Delegates who came from as far away as Lake Cargellico, Barham and Boorowa were fulsome in their praise of their hosts at all the local motels.

An amazing 29 out 33 LHACs were represented, and some of the attendees took an early walk to Town Beach and met a koala which made their day.

Tocumwal LHAC members, who are all volunteers, had been planning this event since May and their careful planning made the event such as success.

Of course they had help along the way from their sponsors, including Berrigan Shire Council, Southern Cross Olives, McCallum’s Honey and Smithers Orchards and of course the local Tocumwal Hospital Auxiliary, which ran the successful raffle.

Proceeds from the raffle and other competitions will add to the fund for patient comforts in the Tocumwal Multi Purpose Service.

There were two outstanding speakers at the forum, including Wednesday’s keynote speaker Vicki Jellie.

After her husband Peter died of cancer in 2008, she found his plans for a local cancer fundraiser.

Peter had been forced to go to Melbourne to have radiation for oesophageal cancer and it had been his dream to bring radiotherapy services to Warrnambool.

Peter died 20 weeks after diagnosis. He had spent 10 of them receiving treatment in Melbourne away from his family and friends. Now it became Vicki’s goal to turn her late husband’s dream into reality and ‘Peter’s Project’ was born.

After successfully lobbying local, state and federal governments, Peter’s Project began a fundraising campaign to secure $5 million from the community.

Ms Jellie was told the fundraising target was impossible, but within nine months the goal had been reached. State and federal governments then came on board with $25 million, leading to the opening of the South West Regional Cancer Centre in July 2016.

In her speech, Ms Jellie encouraged other individuals and communities to ‘‘aim high’’ and strive to make a difference.

“We can all make a difference, no matter how small or large it is. Don’t be afraid to step forward and talk about what you believe in and what your dream is, lead by example with optimism and courage,” she said.

Vicki was met with a standing ovation, and there was hardly a dry eye in the house.

Thursday’s speaker was Felicity Wilton on the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Felicity and her family live on a beef producing property between Holbrook and Wagga Wagga and her son Bertie is profoundly disabled with significant medical needs.

Despite being blind, deaf and needing tube feeding, Felicity says he is the happiest little boy. She is his full time care giver, but manages to get two days respite care a week.

Those days are filled with doing family grocery shopping as they live an hour from town or helping her husband on the farm.

Her story and hope the NDIS could see some improvements in care for the disabled was also met with a standing ovation and plenty of tears.

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Probus meet this Thursday at 10am in the footy/netball pavilion and it is a great social day connection with friends.

A couple of the events planned in the near future are a trip to Kalangadoo Nursery on September 21 and then on October 12 another to the Springfield Iris Farm in McCulloch’s Rd, all in honour of our very late arriving spring.

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Remember the community meeting on September 21 at 6.30pm in the old bowls club, to form a committee to decide the direction to take with that building.

Hosted by the Tocumwal Lions Club, it is an important meeting for the town and everybody is welcome to come along and give their support.

Light refreshments will be served.

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Sacred Heart School this week thank the Tocumwal Pharmacy for their generous donation of $100.70.

The donation has come about through their ‘Chemist Own’ shopper incentive scheme.

Through the winter months, purchases made of ‘Chemist Own’ products have earned a percentage back as a donation to a nominated cause.

Over the winter Sacred Heart was one of the nominated causes.

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Sacred Heart School chickens have been hatching and the children are enjoying watching them grow up.

Thank you to Adrian Baker for bringing in a box to house them whilst they are so little.

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On Friday September 1 Tocumwal Public School had 16 students compete at the Riverina Regional Athletics Carnival held in Albury.

Congratulations to: Heath Mansell, Logan White, Liam Sutton, Charlie Locke, Hunter Hardwidge, Jemma Reid, Alice Bourchier, Tahlia Pate, Lexie Mathers, Alana Sutton, Jessica Bennett, Mackenzie Loughridge, Zarli Gow, Maksym Eddy, Hunter Mathers and Macey White who were members of the Finley District Team.

It was a great experience for our athletes who, for many, experienced this high level for the first time.

The school was very impressed by all of the children’s results, with some making the finals and only narrowly missing out in qualifying for the State Carnival.

A stand out performance was given by Maksym Eddy, who finished second overall in the 11 years Boys Shot Put. This qualifies him for the NSW PSSA State Championships in Sydney next term.

A truly spectacular effort and result throwing over a metre more than his previous record set back at Tocumwal Public school.

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Big congratulations to our Tocumwal football and netball teams that won their grand finals on the weekend.

A special mention to the our under 15s netball girls who all braided their hair as a special winning formula.

Great effort by everyone, we’re all very proud of you.

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