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Fish and Chip Luncheon at Willaura raised $19,000 on Good Friday

John Nuske sat down to enjoy his fi sh and chip lunch with granddaughter Dana. Picture: PETER PICKERING. VOLUNTEERS involved in this year’s Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal Fish and Chip Luncheon and games day at Willaura were pleased with the success of the day.

A large number of people attended, with many visitors travelling from outside the district to be part of the fundraiser. About 280 meals were served and the freshly cooked fish and chips were enjoyed by all.

This year about $19,000 was raised for the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, the figure comprised takings on the day and direct donations.

Good Friday morning began with several teenagers volunteering to collect donations from around the township.

The spinning wheel had everyone entertained and hopeful, and organisers were grateful to the many businesses who donated goods.

The eight trailer loads of wood were keenly contested and made good money. The committee was also appreciative of those who generously helped out by supplying the firewood.

Children enjoyed their faces being painted, the jumping castle was in high demand and the hay rides was as popular as ever.

Pony rides were also popular and made a welcome return to Good Friday.

Also fun for children was the Willaura CFA truck, and the opportunity to have a go at squirting the target.

The Grampians Vintage Car Club arrived with a number of vehicles, and the crowd was interested to see a variety of cars from an earlier era.

The raffle winners were Les Bright, Marg Peoples and Sophia Coad.

More than 60 volunteers did their bit to make the event run smoothly.

They included the ‘Set Up Crew’, chefs and their assistants, waitresses, auctioneers, face painters, spinning wheel spruikers, smartie jar organisers, ticket sellers, bar staff, Pick-A-Chick attendants, Easter Bunny companions, and cash counters.

The committee would like to thank all involved in the Appeal, including those who donated money, food, equipment, and their time, to ensure that the 2015 Willaura Fish and Chip Luncheon and games day was such a success.

See page 14 for pictures from the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal Fish and Chip Luncheon and games day at Willaura.

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Ararat prepares for seventh annual Mother’s Day Classic

Jade Randall and Sharon Mann during last years Ararat Mother s Day Classic. Picture: PETER PICKERINGARARAT will be among the record number of regional Australian towns that will hold a Mother’s Day Classic event this year to help raise money for breast cancer research.

To be held on Sunday, May 10, the Ararat Mother’s Day Classic is an entertaining and family-friendly event that offers people of all ages the chance to participate in a non-competitive, inspiring and fun walk or run that raises vital funds for research.

In its seventh year, Ararat’s Classic will be bigger and better than ever in 2015. Once again both the four kilometre and eight kilometre courses will start and finish at Richardson Oval in Golf Links Road.

On the day registrations will commence from 9am with events beginning at 10am.

This year will see 104 locations, including every capital city, stage an event. Regional areas large and small, from Broken Hill to a cattle station at Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory are involved.

Get your family, friends and fitness fans together for a fun and meaningful way to start Mother’s Day.

The Mother’s Day Classic, as a whole, is in its 18th year.

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australian women, with about 40 new diagnoses each day.

The event, initiated by Women in Super, will this year pass the $25 million mark in funds raised for National Breast Cancer Foundation research, achieving a lasting impact on survival statistics and providing research answers for a range of other cancers.

Mother’s Day Classic national chair, Louise Davidson, said close to 500 people across Ararat participated together in the event last year and she expected this number to increase in 2015.

“Our event honours those who have faced breast cancer, yet we are getting increasing numbers of participants with no direct links to the disease,” Ms Davidson said.

“They want to take part because they recognise that this is a great cause and a wonderful, healthy family activity to do together.

“Those looking for an appreciated present for Mother’s Day should check with Mum about registration.

“Many Mums tell us that this is the present they want, more so than noodle necklaces or novelty bedsocks. It’s a fun family activity that supports vital research, providing Mums and their loved ones with a meaningful way to mark Mother’s Day.”

Ms Davidson said that for every pink wig and tutu out on the course, there will be participants wearing tribute cards to honour loved ones living with breast cancer and remember those lost to the disease.

“We try to make Mother’s Day Classic a fun and memorable day out, but we never lose sight of our purpose,” she said.

“We’d encourage all ages and levels of fitness to get involved it doesn’t matter how you walk or run, or even how fast, it just matters why.”

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Quilt raffle to raise funds for Chaplaincy

Ararat College students Masooma and Fizza Zahra are pictured admiring the quilt being raffled in support of the school chaplaincy.THE Ararat College Chaplaincy Committee recently launched a raffle with a beautiful quilt, hand-made by members of the Willaura and District Quilters Group, up for grabs.

Funds raised from the raffle will go towards student welfare needs, supporting the Ararat College chaplain, Phil Stevens and the special work he does with local families and their students.

The Willaura and District quilters spent 12 months preparing the hand embroidered quilt and their generous donation has been greatly appreciated by the Chaplaincy Committee.

Tickets for the raffle may be purchased from the Ararat College general office or by contacting Rick Thomas on 0407 857 378 or Lois Reynolds on 0428 541 482.

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Action packed night of harness racing in Ararat

Father/son winning Trotters Cup combination, trainer Neville Welsh (right) and Clinton with their spoils. Clinton Welsh takes Wildenstein to victory in the Clive Reed Memorial Ararat Trotters Cup. Pictures: PETER PICKERING

THE $10,505 Clive Reed Memorial Ararat Trotters Cup for T5 or better class (D-H) over 2570 metres went to another Elmore trained runner.

Six-year-old Sundon/Wheels To Go gelding Wildenstein, for Neville Welsh and trotting devotee owner Graham Mulhall, saluted in the second feature race of the Ararat Harness Racing Club’s major meeting.

Driven by Melton-based son Clinton, Wildenstein was best to begin from the pole in the semi walk-in start and after being rated to perfection, defied all challengers to record a 3.3-metre victory in a mile rate of 2-07.2.

Finishing second was the pre-race favourite Death Defying, with outsider Maorisfavouritesun scoring third from three back in the moving line.

It was Wildenstein’s 11th victory in 81 outings.

Meanwhile, trainer Emma Stewart and reinsman Gavin Lang combined with Our Petite Soeur to take out the Angelique Club Vicbred Platinum Mares Sprint Championship (18th heat) by 2.3m over So Demanding, with Graceful Affair third.

The meeting also proved fruitful for the hometown runners, with the Michael Bellman-trained and driven Kingsup saluting in the first of the night, the Kevin and Colleen Smith Pace, while Strappersorphan for Terry Young and Grant Campbell was victorious in the VSTA 3YO Trotters Mobile.

Other western district winners on the night were Jilliby Jitterbug (Marg Lee and Jason Lee – Terang) in the Ararat Advertiser 2Y0 Pace, Keayang Storm (Marg Lee and Glen Craven) in the Collins Family Pace, and Whats Nicky Got (Matt Craven – Terang) in the Ararat Hotel Back To The Rat Trotters Handicap for T0 & T1 class.

Ararat Harness Racing secretary Lloyd Grice said the club was very happy with the overall success of the night.

“The crowd was definitely bigger than last year’s cup and the tote turnover was up on last year’s too,” he said.

“That shows us the Easter time slot for our Pacing and Trotting Cups is certainly a winner. I must thank the TAB, who was generous in its support too, giving us 100 $10 betting vouchers to give away and I’m sure with continued success that support will continue at future cup meetings.

“We also have Easter Saturday next year and it’s something I will be pushing to retain forever.

“Hopefully I will be able to do more cross promotion next year with Great Western Rodeo on Friday, Stawell Races on Sunday and the Stawell Gift Final on the Monday. Lets face it, Ararat, Great Western, Stawell and Halls Gap are the places to be over Easter in Victoria.”

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From the Commander’s Desk: Friday, April 10

THE miracle of Easter Sunday.

Now, I am not talking about any religious statement, I am talking about the NRL. Finally, the mighty Cronulla Sharks have had a win and my household was very excited and apparently very loud.

The Sharks have, for the time being, climbed off the bottom of the ladder and now Manly, everyone’s favourite team, has taken that honour.

Of late, it is not often that Sharks supporters have much to cheer about and in fact it feels like an eternity since Cronulla had their last victory.

Only two weeks ago I was at Shark Park (Remondis Stadium) with my sons thinking with four minutes to go, this is it, this will be our win. Sadly a wayward pass to the quickest player in the Titans outfit and our hopes were dashed.

Another loss.

Counting back to 2014, that made 10 in a row.

But no time to reflect on previous losses, we have had a win and that is good enough for now.

Hopefully the fortunes of all our local league, union, soccer and other sporting teams are much better than one win from the last 10 matches.

Talking about being fortunate, some in our community still try their luck and sadly, they have fallen victim to some petty crimes of late.

As wrong as it is that people think it is okay to steal, each of you need to ensure that the temptation is taken away from these criminals.

Over the last week there has been an increase in thefts from motor vehicles in our CBDs and surrounding streets.

Each of these incidents were thefts from unlocked cars and where valuable items were left in clear view of people walking past parked cars.

Personal accountability must be more prevalent especially when there are more people out and about, such as school holidays.

Lock your doors and keep valuables out of sight and you won’t need luck.

Until next week.

Zoran Dzevlan



The Hume Local Area Command

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