Student and teacher’s charity shave

November 08, 2017

Finley Public School student Liam Rafferty last week took part in the World’s Greatest Shave, which raises money to support Australians with blood cancers.

Liam, 11, said he wanted to participate in the fundraiser simply to raise money for a good cause.

And he’s not the only one at the school sporting a new look, with teacher Luke Brooks also going under the razor to support the student.

Finley Public School principal Derek Noffke expressed his deep pride in Liam’s actions.

‘‘I would like to thank Liam for his work in this area, knowing the money will go to a very good cause,’’ Mr Noffke said.

‘‘A special mention must go to Mr Brooks for supporting Liam through the process and thank you to Wendy Daniel for being available to expertly shave each head.’’

Funds raised through the World’s Greatest Shave provide personalised and practical support for families directly affected by blood cancers like leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and MDS.


Members of the Finley community are well known for their response for help whenever the need arises, and this is very evident at Finley Golf Club.

This club is run primarily by volunteers, with men and women taking on various roles when necessary.

The condition of the 18 hole golf course is indeed a great credit to the band of volunteers who gather at the club each and every day to assist the one and only paid greenkeeper.

Greens and fairways are in immaculate condition and draw favourable comments from visitors to the area, including those who participated in the Riverina Ladies Golf Association Championships recently.

Greenkeeper Peter Wood spends many hours above and beyond the call of duty to keep the course at this high level and is most appreciative of the assistance given by the volunteers on a regular basis.

One volunteer, Ron Beattie, has been lending a hand for approximately 40 years — since the greens were sand scrapes — and has seen many changes take place at the club.

He believes the constant mowing and fertilising carried out on the course has contributed to its present condition.

A facility of this standard brings many visitors to the town benefiting both the business and social areas of the community.

New members are always welcome and further information can be obtained by contacting the club on (03)58831360 after 5pm each day.


Several members of the Finley RSL Sub Branch and Women’s Auxiliary attended a dinner to commemorate the Centenary of the ‘Charge at Beersheba’ in Griffith recently, and enjoyed the comments of guest speakers Anne Flood and Warwick Deane.

Anne is a Light Horse historian and author and Warwick is an artist responsible for a ‘Charge at Beersheba’ major artwork.

Members of the community are reminded that this Saturday the annual Remembrance Day Service will be held in Finley at the Diggers Park reserve, situated near the hospital, at 10.50am.

Following the service, Berrigan Shire Council Mayor Matthew Hannan will officially unveil a Lone Pine tree donated by Warrnambool Botanic Gardens and presented to the sub branch by John Hand.


The Finley Show Society advises that local gardeners are welcome to help themselves to the old straw at the showgrounds.

This makes great mulch and is water saving as well.

The Finley Show Society book ‘100 Shows, 104 years’ is still available from the Finley Newsagency, Murray Hut Clothing and the Southern Riverina News at a cost $25.

This would make a great Christmas gift and is interesting reading.


The Show Society will be holding its annual Rose Show on November 18 at the Bob Close Pavilion.

Roses are to be entered by 10.30am.

A flower arranging demonstration will be held from 11am.

Refreshments will also be available.

Information can be obtained from the secretary or the show website.

The AGM will be held on November 22 at the Finley RS Club Bowls Room at 8pm.


The Anglican Ladies Guild was delighted with the support given to the recent street stall, and would like to thank all those who contributed lovely home baked goodies and other produce and the wider community for its support.

Winner of the $70 IGA voucher was Margaret Breust.


The last Friendship morning for the year will take place tomorrow at 10am, at the Finley Uniting Church in Coree Street.

This will be followed by a light lunch. All interested are most welcome to attend.

This group has continued to extend a wonderful hand of friendship to all members of the community during the past 12 months and has provided a place of welcome and companionship.

The organisation would like to wish everyone well for the coming festive season and look forward to making many new friends in the New Year.


The newly formed Finley and District Cancer Support Group held an information night last Tuesday, and the first regular meeting the following day.

The organisers were overwhelmed by the attendance at both events and appreciate the support of all who attended.

They were also very grateful to the Finley Bowling Club for providing a room for the evening meeting.

Thanks also to the ladies at Intereach for all their assistance with typing, copying and for the use of their centre for future fortnightly meetings.

The group covers all people with various types of cancer, all carers including those of loved ones with other illnesses and anyone who feels the need for some support outside of family members.

It is intended to hold fortnightly meetings at this stage with the next meeting scheduled for Wednesday, November 15 at 1pm at Intereach, Central Arcade, Finley.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Colleen Bender on 58834231.


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