John Milne and Alan Smith have been bestowed a great honour, and are driving the flagship vehicle of the 2017 Cystic Fibrosis Great Escape.
The pair took control of ‘Rosie’ the car on Friday, and started their 11-day car rally journey on Monday.
Both men have been participating in the annual drive since its inception, and said they feel very honoured to be selected to drive Rosie this year.
This fundraising drive was first organised by Alan’s son-in-law and daughter Jamie and Michelle Lawson in 2002, with proceeds contributing to the cost of research and treatment for children with Cystic Fibrosis.
Many families in Finley have been touched by this condition, including John’s grandson Aiden.
Event co-ordinator Vanessa Jones expressed appreciation for the amount of time and effort John has given to fundraising for the organisation over many years.
This year’s drive started in Ararat and will end in Mt Gambier on September 13, travelling via Ceduna and Streaky Bay.
A total of 47 vehicles, including officials, took part in a street parade in Ararat on Monday to start the rally and were waved farewell by school children lining the main street.
Anyone wishing to donate to this great cause can do so by going to the Cystic Fibrosis website or contacting John Milne on his return.
Residents of Finley Regional Care were the recipients of a rare treat last Friday when the contestants of Dancing with the Stars held a matinee performance in the activities room at Berriquin Nursing Home.
Nearly all of the 75 residents, including 102 year-old Rita Langham, attended the event as all were keen to observe FRC employee Di Gray and her partner Micka Littlejohn do their routine.
FRC leisure/lifestyle team leader Christin Thow dressed especially for the occasion and it was very hard to decide whether he or MC Colleen Rockliff caused the most laughter among the residents.
Both were extremely entertaining.
Marcia Pyle and Greg Lawlor were the first couple to take to the dance floor, followed by Emma Hurlston and Paul Bramley, Ally Rourke and Matt Clarke and Di Gray and Micka Littlejohn.
Anna Jewel was in attendance but as her partner Peter Brunt was unable to attend, she cheered on the others as they performed.
All of these contestants took time from work to give the residents of FRC an afternoon they will remember for some time and are to be congratulated for their care and consideration.
The 100th Finley Show was well attended on Sunday, with those on the gate being kept busy from a very early hour with a constant stream of traffic involving contestants and visitors.
Volunteers from St Joseph’s school braved the cold from 6am onwards and did a great job.
The Finley Show Society, consisting of about 25 members, spent many hours and much effort to produce this history making show and are to be congratulated on a job well done.
Finley could not have been showcased any better and would rival many lager town presentations.
It was lovely to see Mrs Connie Close declared Lady of the Day in view of the ‘Close’ association with the Show Society over many years.
Father of the Day, James Kennedy, was also a deserving winner and his children Chelsea and twins James and Bailey could not have been more proud of their dad.
Once again, the Finley Show brought members of the community and surrounding areas together in a spirit of friendship and celebration.
Just a reminder that the St Mary’s Parish street stall to support the work of the local St Vincent de Paul Society is being held today and the support of the community would be much appreciated.
Many thanks to Bernadette Agosta and her helpers for organising this important fundraiser to help those in need in our local community.
Saturday, September 16 is looking good for the Finley Menshed’s Garage Sale, which will take place from 8.30am until 4pm.
There will be plenty of bargains and, as the idea is to move items to make space for new stock, the members of Menshed are willing to negotiate.
Morning tea will be available as well as a barbecue lunch, so be sure to go along and see just what a wonderful job is being done in our own community.
The organising committee would like to express appreciation of the wonderful security system which has been donated to the Menshed by Ian Robinson.
Unfortunately, many items unable to be used by the group have been left at the front out of business hours necessitating very costly trips to the rubbish tip.
As all moneys raised are returned to the community, this means less available to help those in need.
Friends of the Finley Presbyterian Church would like to advise that a meeting will be held at the Finley Bowling Club on Thursday, September 14 at 7.30pm.
There will be many important matters to be discussed and all members are encouraged to attend.
The Lions Club of Finley is once again participating in the Lions Australia Grocery Grab to raise funds for the Lions Cord Blood Foundation Incorporated.
This is done in conjunction with our Finley IGA, whose assistance is much appreciated.
The fundraiser supplies the Fight Cancer Foundation — formally the Bone Marrow Donor Institute — with funding for the storage of cord blood units which are collected from the umbilical cord of newborns.
When processed the stem cells from the cord blood assist in the fight against leukaemia.
Many children have had their lives saved by this and the stem cells assist with other blood disorders.
The Lions Cord Blood Foundation works in partnership with the Fight Cancer Foundation, the Royal Children’s Hospital, the Murdoch Children’s Institute and Sydney Cord Blood Bank.
Tickets went on sale yesterday and are available until the end of September.
The winner will be drawn on October 8.
We look forward to the support of the Finley community, and remind you that half the money raised stays with the local club.
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