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Scrapheap Challenge

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Scrapheap Challenge MIck O’Brien, Ross Worgan, Leith Hawkins, Ray Stanger, Perry Gilsenan and Dale Kirby. Photo No 3876
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Phil Kimber, Paul O’Brien and Ken Williams. Photo No 3878

Dave Ramsay (Lismore) and David Mason, (Coffs Harbour). Photo No 3881

Col Meacham, Ride Organiser with his Suzuki DR650. Photo No 3882

Leith Hawkins and Joerg Gruenfeld. Photo No 3885

Learning to ride: Chris, Haley and Kelly March. Photo No 3888

Karen Ramsay only female rider. Karen is from Wyrallah, Lismore. Photo No 3890

The pre ride briefing. Photo No 3893

The pre ride briefing. Photo No 3898

The Scrapheap Challenge hosted a charity motorbike ride on Saturday, with money raised going to Down Syndrome NSW. Photo No 3899

The Scrapheap Challenge hosted a charity motorbike ride on Saturday, with money raised going to Down Syndrome NSW. Photo No 3901

The Scrapheap Challenge hosted a charity motorbike ride on Saturday, with money raised going to Down Syndrome NSW. Photo No 3902

The Scrapheap Challenge hosted a charity motorbike ride on Saturday, with money raised going to Down Syndrome NSW. Photo No 3906

The Scrapheap Challenge hosted a charity motorbike ride on Saturday, with money raised going to Down Syndrome NSW. Photo No 3909

The Scrapheap Challenge hosted a charity motorbike ride on Saturday, with money raised going to Down Syndrome NSW. Photo No 3910

The Scrapheap Challenge hosted a charity motorbike ride on Saturday, with money raised going to Down Syndrome NSW. Photo No 3912

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David Gynn wins top orchid honour

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Welby’s Dale Dryen picks out her favourite orchid. Photos by Roy Truscott Southern Highlands Orchid Society secretary Elise Porter chats to Mittagong’s Margaret Middlebrooke and Joan Jacobs, of Bowral, at Saturday’s show.
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DAVID Gynn has been crowned grand champion at the Southern Highlands Orchid Society’s annual show.

Mr Gynn’s Flaming Pepper Cymbidium, called ‘Kirrawee’, won the grand champion and best cymbidium prizes at Saturday’s show at the Mittagong RSL.

Society treasurer Ken Coates won the best Australian native honour for his Lorikeet called ‘Mel’.

Norm Parrish’s Paphiopedium Asiatic ‘Unnamed’ and Ric Gemenis’s Maxillaria American ‘Porphyrostele’ were the other major winners.

The society’s sixth show was officially opened by Highlands radio personality Graeme Day.

Mr Day acknowledged the quality of orchids on display.

“The blooms are fantastic and the amount of work that goes into these is incredible,” he said.

“When I look at these, the amount of passion and love that goes into them is extraordinary.”

Mr Day encouraged more Highlanders to attend the orchid show, particularly kids.

“It’s great to get them in and let them see this because if they want to create something, this is a fantastic thing,” he said.

“It’s also ties in with the environment, which kids are really passionate about.”

Mr Coates told Southern Highland News that he was happy with the turnout of people on Saturday.

“It’s the biggest and best show we’ve had yet,” he said.

Mr Coates said there was a great range of orchids on display at the one-day event.

“It won’t get better than these plants,” he said.

The Southern Highlands Orchid Society is looking for new members to join the group.

For more information, phone Ken Coates on 4888 9104.

* Click here to view a gallery of photos from Saturday’s orchid show at Mittagong RSL.

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Bogan Bingo to raise money for Camp Quality

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BONDING: The Trestail family at one of the Camp Quality family camps last year. From left, Craig, Zac (Archer’s older brother), Amy and Archer. A Freeling family is hosting a Dine At Mine fundraising event to help raise money for a charity that has given them so much.
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In 2011 Amy and Craig Trestail experienced a parent’s worst nightmare when their four-month-old son, Archer, became very ill, and doctors at the Women’s and Children’s hospital in Adelaide couldn’t tell them why.

Doctors eventually sent a blood sample of Archer’s to London to be analysed, where they found an amswer.

“It took four months to diagnose Archer with Leukemia as it is a really rare type,” Craig said. “At that stage he was the only child in Adelaide to be diagnosed with that type of Leukemia.

“Once the doctors knew what to treat him for he spent five months in hospital getting his treatments.”

Archer is now a happy and healthy three-year-old boy, whose life has returned to normal after spending the majority of his first year in and out of hospital.

While in hospital Camp Quality, a children’s family cancer charity, provided the family with some support, but it wasn’t until Archer had finished his treatments when the Trestail family really become involved with the organisation.

Through the children’s charity Archer and his family have attended nine Camp Quality family days and two family camps.

Through these support programs the Trestail family was able to meet people who had just undergone a similar experience with their child, and help the family connect again and get their lives back to normal.

“Camp Quality is all about fun and re-connecting the family again once you have come out of treatment,” Craig said.

“You are there (at the family camps) with the other families that you went through treatment with.

“It’s a wonderful organisation. The volunteers are amazing and our kids really enjoy it.

“We encourage anyone to take up and use Camp Quality, as they really helped us after Archer finished his treatments.”

Dine At Mine is one of the charity’s major fundraising events, which helps fund the family camps and family fun days that the organsition runs throughout the year.

Camp Quality currently only reaches one in three children living with cancer with its programs, which provide children living with cancer and their families with an essential break from hospital, stress and constant worry.

The charity is currently expanding its programs, which build optimism, resilience and confidence – at hospital, at home, at school and at camp. The Dine At Mine fundraising campaign will enable Camp Quality to deliver these expanded services.

This year the Trestail family is hosting a Bogan Bingo adults only night to help raise money for Camp Quality’s Dine At Mine fundraiser.

Bogan Bingo is being held at the Freeling Bowling Club on Saturday, September 20 from 8pm, and tickets are $25 per person and include dessert and entertainment.

Craig said they have a strict dress code policy in place – bogan attire only, and penalties apply to those who don’t obey the dress code.

People are encouraged to bring along a platter for supper and there will be a cash bar available on the night. A silent auction will also be held.

“We still have two to three tables available for our Dine at Mine Bogan Bingo fundraiser this month,” Craig said.

“It’s going to be a great night with all money going to Camp Quality.”

For more information on Bogan Bingo and to book tickets visit: facebook南京夜网/freelingdineatmine.

If anyone would like to donate a prize to the Bogan Bingo silent auction, call Craig on 0418 997 889.

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News from around Camden

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Elderslie High School student Andrew Loomes will address the Camden RSL Sub Branch Remembrance Day service at Macarthur Park. Picture: Jonathan Ng

Quota Club chooses its student of the year

Elderslie High School student Andrew Loomes (pictured above) is the Quota Club of Macarthur’s Student of the Year.

Competitors were quizzed on their interests and general knowledge of current affairs.

They also had to give a four-minute speech on any topic chosen by the student, followed by a one-minute impromptu speech.

Andrew, who is in year 11, spoke on the civil unrest in Syria.

Judges included John Robertson, Camden mayor Lara Symkowiak, Shirley Ransom and Susan Schrader.

Ryan Tierny from R. Coffee is participating in a charity drive, $1 from every cup will be donated to this charity. Picture: Simon Bennett

Customers given grounds for helping homeless

Local cafe R Coffee gave customers good grounds for helping fight homelessness.

More than 302 cafes — including R Coffee in Camden and Picton — signed up to the CafeSmart campaign which saw $1 from every cup of coffee sold on one particular day, recently, donated to charity StreetSmart which raises money and awareness for projects and services targeting homelessness.

R Coffee Picton on Argyle Street raised about $840 last year, however, with the Camden store (at the back of Whitman’s Arcade, Argyle Street) now open, too, owner Ryan Tierney set the benchmark even higher. They raised $1094 through the Picton store and $980 at Camden during Homeless Persons Week recently.

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Driver swerves to miss injured bull

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A woman in her 20s was lucky not to have sustained more serious injuries or even death after an accident on Clarence Town Road at Brookfield on Thursday night last week.
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An ambulance spokesman said a bull had been hit by a car travelling towards Dungog.

“The bull had its front leg broken and couldn’t move off the road,” the spokesman said.

“A woman in her 20s was travelling to Clarence Town when she came across the injured bull in the darkness.

“She didn’t see him until the last minute, swerved and hit a tree.

“She would have been travelling at 80km/h and it was just sheer luck as the scenario could have been very different and she could have been seriously injured or even killed.”

Dungog paramedics, police, Clarence Town Rural Fire Service attended and a vet arrived to destroy the bull.

Horse accident

A woman in her 30s sustained fractured ribs after she fell from her horse on Friday night.

The Clarence Town woman aged in her 30s was riding her horse on a rural property when the accident occurred.

She was taken to John Hunter Hospital in a stable condition.

Broken wrists

A woman in her late 60s was walking in a paddock at her Vacy home when she slipped and fell.

An ambulance spokesman said she put both arms out to break the fall.

“In doing so she fractured both wrists,” the spokesman said.

“She was transported to Maitland Hospital by Dungog paramedics.”

No callouts for weekend events

Dungog paramedics were not called to any incidents in the Dungog, Gresford or Monkerai area over the weekend.

The B&S ball was held at Riverwood Downs as well as the Dungog Festival and Gresford Rodeo.

“Given the influx of people to all these events, it was very quiet and no medical attention was needed,” the ambulance spokesman said.

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