Allora Medical Support Group chairman Jon Constable accepts a cheque for $1000 from Allora District Campdraft Association president Glen Holmes and committee members Sue Tupper and Clancy Smith.
Allora Medical Support Group chairman Jon Constable accepts a cheque for $1000 from Allora District Campdraft Association president Glen Holmes and committee members Sue Tupper and Clancy Smith. Glyn Rees

Campdraft's $1000 for medical site

ALLORA District Campdraft Association president Glen Holmes, along with committee members Sue Tupper and Clancy Smith, recently presented a cheque for $1000 to Allora Medical Support Group Inc chairman Jon Constable as a donation to the group's quest for a new medical centre for Allora.

Thanking the ADCA, Mr Constable said it was "just another outstanding example of Allora's community appreciating and supporting the need for a medical centre, and long-term medical services for Allora".

The donation was made available from proceeds of the Warwick Credit Union-sponsored ADCA annual Easter Campdraft at the Allora Showgrounds on April 7 and 8.

"It's time to start supporting the community," said Mr Holmes. "They have helped us, so it's time to give some back."

The Allora Show Society also benefits, receiving half the weekend proceeds. Their showgrounds are an excellent venue, with a picturesque backdrop for the event. The ring surface is of a high standard and will continue to improve.

The ADCA annual campdraft had its beginnings as the annual Allora Show Campdraft, but the event outgrew the show weekend. The 2012 campdraft was the fourth run by the ADCA as a separate event, but it is still linked to the Allora Show Society.

"The first couple of years as a stand-alone event saw our ADCA group and the annual draft stabilising as such, laying the foundations for the future, you could say," said Mr Holmes.

"This past couple of years has seen our draft develop into a sizeable and successful event that has allowed us to offer donations to fellow community groups."

Aside from the donation to the AMSG, a $500 donation was directed to RACQ CareFlight, and Brendon McIvor of Emu Vale is to receive a $200 donation plus proceeds of the ADCA honesty box over the campdraft weekend.

Mr McIvor suffered a severe on- farm injury earlier this year. His father-in-law, Mick O'Donnell, has been a loyal ADCA volunteer over recent years. Mr Holmes can vouch for the wonderful service RACQ CareFlight offers the community, having needed transport to hospital after a serious leg injury at the Karrara Campdraft last year.

"A new medical centre in Allora is a vital need. Many of our members and their families may not be able to afford to support the medical centre individually, but as a group and by supporting the campdraft this year they have," Mr Holmes said.

"Our 2012 campdraft is as good as any we have run; it all went smoothly, had great community support and amazing support from sponsors and cattle donors," he said. "We turned away as many nominations as took part, with better than 1300 nominating but only 730 competitors able to ride."

Kettle's boiling

THERE'S nothing like a "cuppa" between friends at any time for a chat and catch-up, but when the iconic Aussie tradition also serves to raise money to benefit such a vital organisation as the Cancer Council of Australia, it takes on a whole different meaning.

Well-known Allora identity Anne Lawson has been hosting cuppas at her home as part of the Cancer Council of Australia fundraiser, Australia's Biggest Morning Tea, for the past 13 years. Anne has the kettle boiling for another successful event to be hosted in her backyard at 5 Jubb St from 10am on Thursday, May 24.

After Anne, her husband Robert and their family dealt with the pain and suffering associated with son Denis's diagnosis with Ewings Sarcoma in 1999, and his three-year battle before losing his life, Anne was motivated to do something to support cancer research. Anne Lawson's Biggest Morning Tea is now firmly entrenched in Allora's community calendar, and a regular contributor to the charity at the forefront of the battle against cancerous diseases.

Ann, Robert and daughter Camelle have had their cancer foundation fundraising under way for many weeks now, with a major raffle drawn on April 5 at Allora's Watts Cooking Café in the lead-up to the signature event, their biggest morning tea, reaping $700.

The first prize of a barbecue donated and drawn by Sandi and Matt Carter, plus a 9kg gas bottle donated by Bunnings of Warwick, was won by local Allora businessman Bob Denny.

Second prize of a grocery hamper, drawn by James Watts, was won by Shaun, while Vivian Deacon was the lucky winner of a towel gift pack donated by regular donors, Sue and Jim Quirke, and drawn by Micky and Holly Watts.

The Lawsons' cancer fundraising commitment continues as they assemble their massive 60-prize multi-draw raffle that is one of the highlights of their annual morning tea.

Some of the myriad of prizes include remote ceiling fans, a $50 grocery voucher, $25 meat vouchers, doona cover sets, 2 x $150 Avon packs, many dinners for two plus so much more.



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