High School gift takes Rescue Squad campaign above target

Mudgee Rescue Squad has reached its fundraising target of $115,000 to buy a new rescue truck, even surpassing it to move towards a new back for the truck. Mudgee Hugh School’s Year 12 fundraising contributed $22,169.35 to push the project over the line, taking the total raised to $117,000. Geoff Hawes president of the Rescue Squad said the total was reached thanks to the dedication and generosity of people and organisations in the Mudgee region that took the project to their hearts.
It’s just unbelievable,” he said “People have been walking in and giving us cheques.”
Mr Hawes said the town deserved a pat on the bark for responding to an Important project that would benefit Mudgee and the district for years to come and make an important addition to the region’s emergency rescue capability.
He said Club Mudgee deserved special mention for starting the appeal and pursuing it zealously, along with service clubs, mines, council, and the many individuals who made donations, bought tickets and attended barbecues Every donation has contributed to this success story, small and large,’ he said.
The group had originally hoped to reach its target mid-2013, but support from the community and events such as The Property Shops Tradies Night accelerated the process and gave the group confidence to move into a second phase of fundraising.
The squad is constantly raising money to pay for its fuel and operational expenses and will new work toward raising between $30,000 and $40,000 to fit the truck with a new back compartments and racks to hold power leads and tools.
Parklands Resort will contribute funds raised at it’s New Years Eve fireworks display to the project.
The Rescue Squad has already spoken to Complete Steel about designing the new back, and on Monday will start negotiating with the truck companies to buy its new vehicle.

Article by Sam Paine Mudgee Guardian, November 23 2012

Rare, signed Cricket bat a late addition to auction

Damian Kearns and Lucas Sheppard with an autographed cricket bat and Australian netball uniform donated to be auctioned at Thursday’s Tradies Night.

A cricket bat signed by the greats of the world is a late addition to the Tradies Night auction this Thursday’ Tradies Night is an annual fundraiser that this year will support the Mudgee Hospital maternity ward and the Mudgee Rescue Squad’s fundraising campaign for it’s new truck. On Thursday at the Property Shop will hold a charity auction for the night. Local cricketer enthusiast James Hickey donated the cricket bat, with signatures from players such as Viv Richards, Greg Chappell, Garfield Sobers and Ian Botham, with a combined total of 804 tests between them, 45,488 runs, 117 centuries and 1625 wickets. Other auction items include NSW Cricket items donated by Brad Pettitt and Stephen O’Keefe and an autographed Australian Netball Diamonds uniform from the 2010 Commonwealth Games donated by netball player Susan Pratley. The night will also include a raffle and barbecue.

Pictured at the presentation of proceeds from the 2012 Tradies Golf Day are (from left) Are Geoff Hawes (Mudgee Rescue Squad),Rob Cutrupl (Mudgee Trades Golf Day committee) Karen Cutrupi (Co-ordrinator, Mudgee Wig Library) Frank Valentic (Mudgee Trades Golf Day Committee) Marg Ottley (Co-0rdinator. Look Good. Feel Better) and Peter Witheriff (Mudgee Trades Golf Day committee). The Mudgee Rescue Squad and Mudgee Wig Library both received $4000 from the 2001 Tradies Day, The University of Wollongong also received a $.4000 donation for its student doctors’ house in Mudgee

Members of the community are invited to join in the Tradies Golf Day at the Mudgee Golf Course this Friday, from 7. 30am.
The annual golf day, organised by tradespeople from the Mid-Western Region, has been running for more than 30 years, supporting local charities and causes. This year’s Tradies Day is supporting the Mudgee Rescue Squad and Mudgee Hospital Maternity Ward.
You don’t have to be a tradesperson to join in: Just turn up at the Mudgee Golf Course ready to take part in the four-ball Ambrose competition. Bring your own team of four or if you haven’t got a team, partners will be found for you.
The cost of $75 includes all refreshments.

Article Mudgee Guardian, November 14 2012
Photo by Sandy Smith Photography, Mudgee Guardian, November 14 2012

Be seen in the dark

LOOK CLOSELY: This photo shows that clothing people think is high visibility (the yellow stripes on the sleeves of the person in the middle) is anything but when compared to reflective vests, The picture was taken as part of a Cudgegong Camera Club project.

Locals have been warned to be safe and be seen when working or jogging during times of low light.  Mudgee Rescue Squad President Geoff Hawes said he was worried by statistics released by this year by the NSW Centre for Road Safety that show the number of pedestrians killed has nearly doubled. The statistics show people exercising during the evening or early morning are at risk if they are not dressed to ensure their own safety. Continue reading

Company aims to raise $10,000 for Rescue Squad’s new truck

Mudgee Rescue Squad representatives: Doug Grigg (top left) and Garry Dollisson (second from right) join Parsons Brinckerhoff’s weekly fundraising barbecue. The company voted to support Mudgee Rescue Squad’s current efforts to purchase a new vehicle.

Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB) have stepped on board the Mudgee Rescue Squad’s (VRA) appeal for a new truck.
The company is currently raising money through their weekly barbe-cue and hope to contribute $10,000 to the squad’s campaign over the remaining 18 months of the Ulan West Project. Continue reading

The Property Shop Auction

The Property Shop has donated $10,600 to the Mudgee Rescue Squad, which is half of the money raised at their successful Tradies Night.
Mudgee Rescue Squad Publicity Officer Errol Grieve said they couldn’t believe how much the fundraising night raised. “What a phenomenal outcome, it far exceeded our expectations and we’re eternally grateful to the Mudgee community for what they’ve done and their generosity,” he said. Property Shop Director Andrew Palmer said the money will go towards a worthwhile cause and thanked those that made the amount possible. “It was a fantastic night, as a business we’re very happy to support such an important community organisation and express our thanks to the trades community for their generosity,” he said.
The Property Shop had originally set a target to raise about $7500 from the night but ended raising close to $22,000. Half of this amount will go to the Squad, the other will be given to the Mudgee Hospital Maternity Ward who are looking to buy window shutters. The night also raised $4000 for the business’s November fundraising.
Around 110 people attended the annual fundraising event, which is also when the Property Shop thanks the local trades people who carry out work for the real estate agent.
Mr Grieve said the “future looks bright” for the Squad as they choose the model of truck they will purchase and look towards a new back for the vehicle. They hope to have their new truck by March.

Article Sam Potts – Mudgee Guardian, December 12 2012

Fund Drive still trucking

TRUCK CHEQUE: The Rotary Club of Mudgee supported the Mudgee Rescue Squad’s campaign to purchase a new truck with a donation on Tuesday night. (From left) Ian Morgan, Keith Underwood, Wayne Joseph, Val Webb, and George Samanc.

The Mudgee Rescue Squad’s campaign to raise funds for a new truck continues with the Rotary Club of Mudgee donating $6,000 on Tuesday
The donation brings the Squad’s total a bit closer to the required amount of $105,000 to replace ‘Rescue 1 vehicle’.
Past president of the Rotary Club of Mudgee, Val Webb said the Squad’s campaign came to the club’s attention earlier in the year and seemed worthy of support. Continue reading

Squad campaign closer to target.

TRUCKING ALONG: The Mudgee Volunteer Rescue Squad’s campaign to replace their aging truck is on schedule. (From left) Colin Ratcliff, Garry Dollisson, Geoff Hawes, Brian Wells, Anthony Stewart, Errol Grieve, Keith Underwood, and Phillip Blackman.

The Mudgee Volunteer Rescue Squad’s campaign to purchase a new truck has raised close to $67,000 leaving around $38,000 to go, Squad secretary Garry Dollisson said the campaign is on track for where they wanted to be at this stage.  “The fundraising is on schedule and that’s due to the continued generosity of local residents, I think that the community support has been increasing throughout the campaign,” he said.  Still to be added to the total is Shannon Noll’s local concert in October at Club Mudgee, the Club have been strong supporters of the Squad’s efforts. Continue reading

Sign to save lives.

Colleen Holland (centre) is campaigning for State Government funding for Ulan Road, supported by (form left) Errol Grieve and Geoff Hawes of the Mudgee Rescue Squad, regular road user Deborah Sprigg and Hugh Bateman of the Property Shop.

Mudgee resident Colleen Holland is calling on die region to get behind a push for State Government funding for Ulan Road and Cope Road.
Mrs Holland hopes 10,000 people will sign the petition calling on the State Government to use funds allocated to mining affected com-munities to upgrade the roads and to act urgently to designate Ulan Road as a State Road.
If 10,000 people sign the petition the issue will be debated in State Parliament.
Mrs Holland said a previous petition signed by 4000 people had been used by Mid-Western Regional Council to support its push for funding for Ulan Road. Continue reading

Community groups put their heads together

TEAMING UP: Club Mudgee director Brian Algie, CEO Maureen Heywood, VRA Mudgee squad captain Brian Wells, Mudgee VRA secretary Garry Dollisson, Club Mudgee director Dave Holden, Mudgee VRA vice-president Wayne Joseph and Club Mudgee president David Nelson discuss plans for fundraising for a new truck for the squad.

A meeting last week to allow community groups to share ideas and discuss possible projects has had immediate results.
About 50 representatives from 19 community groups and service clubs accepted an invitation from the Rotary Club of Mudgee to attend the meeting at Club Mudgee on Thursday. Mudgee Rotary president Val Webb said the evening was held to allow community groups to discuss their projects, identify how they could help each other and talk about a possible shared project.
Groups represented at the meeting were: 1st Mudgee Scouts, CWA Mudgee Day branch, CWA Mudgee Evening branch, Mudgee Lions Club Rotary Sunrise, Mudgee VRA, Kanandah Auxiliary, Lifeskills Plus, Vision Impaired (Black and White Committee), Legacy, Club Mudgee, Blind Citizens Australia, Mudgee Rotary, Mudgee Men’s Shed, Gulgong RSL Sub-branch, Children’s Medical Research Institute, Can Assist, Pioneer House Ladies’ Auxiliary, and Grattai CWA. Continue reading

Rescue Squad talks about safe driving.

DONATION: Mudgee Rescue Squad President Geoff Hawes receives a donation for $4000 for the squad’s campaign for a new truck from Double R Heavy Equipment Repairs Managing Director Rusty Russell following a safe
driving presentation to Double R staff.

The Mudgee Rescue Squad recently attended a training day held by Double R Heavy Equipment Repairs.
President Geoff Hawes presented with a focus on safe driving and awareness.
The Mudgee Rescue Squad, who specialise in the extraction of people trapped in vehicular accidents, talked specifically about excess speeding, tail gating, wildlife and driver fatigue.
Al] of which are contributing factors to motor vehicle accidents in the local region.
To show their appreciation of Mudgee Rescue Squad’s involvement in tile community. Double R donated $4000 towards the upgrading of the squad’s rescue truck. Continue reading