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Christmas in July

Now in its fourth year, the King Valley Red Cross held its annual fund raising dinner last Friday at Rinaldos Restaurant in Whitfield.

The King Valley Red Cross is one of the mainstays of community life in the village of Whitfield and it was good to see that the venue was totally booked out with about 70 attending .with extra tables having to be arranged for the over-bookings.

A meeting of like minds

Click the image to meet the boys over at Alpine Opinion

Click the image to meet the boys over at Alpine Opinion

The north east bloggers finally got to meet one another on Saturday at the Milawa Hotel.   We had Dave from Albury, Kieren Bennet, Jim Roelofs (JR) and Jack Stone – Krypto – AWOL – or whatever he likes to call himself today from north of the border along with Ray Dixon fron Bright and Greg Naylor from Whitfield.

An unlikely grouping of men, they ranged in age from fresh faced young blokes to grumpy old grandfathers with political leanings ranging from the far left to the far right but with one common bond, the need to tell it as they see it.  And we talked crap all afternoon …

The big effort

The King Valley United Football and Netball Club holds an annual raffle that brings the whole district out for a free lunch for ticket holders.  With only 330 tickets costing $100 each there is a real chance of winning the first prize of $10,000.

This is a reverse raffle where every ticket is drawn and eliminated with the last man standing taking home the booty.  It is a great community day with lunch and drinks included in the ticket price.  Pauline and I are heading off there at lunchtime and expect to be $10,000 richer at teatime. Wish us luck!

Update: Well, we went along to the draw of the big raffle and – what do you know – we missed out again.  The $10,000 first prize was won by Darren and Louise, a 30’s couple who have recently moved to Whitfield from Queensland.  They are a great young couple with whom I have worked in the vineyard.

It did not surprise me when I head that they had donated $1,500 to kick off a local appeal for star footballer Mathew Kieley who suffered an horendous injury last week playing for the King Valley United Hoppers.

The consolation prize is knowing that, having bought a ticket each year over the last five years or more, we are doing our bit to support the local fooball club along with the rest of the Whitfield community.


Written by Greg Naylor

27 July 2008 at 8:05 am

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  1. And we talked crap all afternoon …

    … and later the same day, God took his vengance on this group of ethically bankrupt bloggers by ensuring that both Collingwood & St Kilda suffered embarassing losses to teams out of the 8. I mean, how else would you explain that?

    Oh, and just to top it off, Cadel evans failed to win le Tour de France. In the words of Basil Fawlty, “Thanks God, thanks very bloody much!”


    27 July 2008 at 1:05 pm

  2. At least the opportunity is still there for both teams to survive until the finals 😉

    Greg Naylor

    27 July 2008 at 4:10 pm

  3. Somebody please give Greg that classic line from “The Castle”, “Tell him he’s dreamin'”.


    28 July 2008 at 10:22 am

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