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