Funds of $30,000 were officially presented to the Royal Flying Doctor Service at a dinner held in Goolwa on Wednesday, November 22.
The Fleurieu Royal Flying Doctor Service Support Group held a mixed dinner at the Fleurieu Function Centre, during which evening president Cheryl Ludgate and treasurer Sharon Stock were proud to present a cheque to Anthea Rice, coordinator of volunteers for the RFDS Central Operations.
As well as the presentation Ms Rice also acknowledged volunteer Ann Cross for her 10 years of service.
Guest speaker was John Hutchinson from Encounter Bay. Mr Hutchinson is a popular and well-known speaker who entertained the audience with stories and anecdotes from his many years of shearing.
“The support group has already begun fundraising for next year, collecting $1020 at a plant sale”
He is a third generation shearer who won six Australian Shearing Championships and was the three time winner of the Australian Shearer of the Year title – he also finished third in the World Shearing Championship.
Mr Hutchinson became a senior shearing instructor with the Australian Wool Commission and demonstrated overseas in UK, USA, NZ and Japan.
In 1999 he was awarded an OAM and inducted into the Shearers Hall of Fame, in Hay, in 2002.
Later he became involved with teaching disadvantaged youths to shear, running a state-wide program with up to 30 young people shearing at Outback stations.
He also provided some humorous stories of occurrences with shearers and in the sheds, claiming that the three things which make a good shearer were a good bed, good tucker and a good shower.
To finish the year’s fundraising, the support group held a plant sale in concurrence with the Lions’ Club of Goolwa Auction on Saturday, December 2, when another $1020 was raised as a start of the coming year’s funds.
Fortunately the forecasted threatening weather held off, avoiding the anticipated cancellation or postponement of both the auction and the plant sale.