Fundraising & Charity

Jeans for Genes at CHS

Condobolin High School students participated in Jeans for Genes day last week.

Condobolin High School students had the chance last week to strut their stuff in stylish jeans and raise money for research into genetic disorders for the annual Jeans for Genes day.

Jeans for Genes Day is a major fundraiser for the Children’s Medical Research Institute and is held annually on the first Friday in August.

Students donated a gold coin each in support of the cause and managed to raise a grand total of $151.80.

Teacher Gillian McMillan said she was impressed with the students’ efforts.

“The kids really care about it,” she said.

“They’ve been asking questions and quite a few kids here have family with genetic disorders.

“Considering we’re only a small school I think we’ve done well to raise that amount of money.”

Quota offers hope for hearing

The Condobolin branch of Quota International has its ear to the ground this month with volunteers aiming to collect discarded ‘behind the ear’ hearing aids to help their fellow Quotarians in Ba, Fiji, give the gift of hearing to impoverished people in their village.

The campaign is being held in the lead up to National Hearing Week, set to take place from August 21 to August 27.

Vice President of Quota Condobolin, Ros L’Estrange, said it didn’t matter if the hearing aids were in working order or not, as Tom Shepherd, an audiometrist working in Ba, can make a good hearing aid from three discarded ones.

“Many people in Fiji have hearing problems as there is no vaccination program for rubella as we have here, and little or no help from their government,” she said.

“So check to see if you or any of your friends have any old ‘behind the ear’ hearing aids and just bring them down to Shortis and Timmins Pharmacy where we have a collection box.

“It is a simple way to give a wonderful gift, the gift of hearing, to disadvantaged people.”

2011 Condo Winter B&S

Party-goers dressed to the Heroes and Villains theme at the Condobolin Winter B&S. DGThe Condobolin SRA grounds were the centre of B&S universe last Saturday night with approximately 700 people boot scooting the night away at the annual event.

Featuring a Heroes and Villains theme, the Condo Winter B&S attracted caped crusaders from as far away as western Queensland and Victoria.

Entertainment for the evening included Doug Bruce and the Tailgaters, Kris Cummins and 4play.

Despite lower than average numbers, Licensee Kathy Parnaby said she’d received nothing but positive feedback from those who attended.

“It was a good ball and the majority of the crowd were well behaved,” she said.

“Three different bands played from 3pm until 1am and that’s something we’ve never done before,” she said.

“We also had a bucking bull and a lot of people were riding that.”

Kathy said the night wouldn’t have been possible without the many volunteers who helped out.

“Our volunteers were excellent,” she said.

“Without them the event simply wouldn’t run.”

A Condobolin Police spokesperson said police were generally impressed with the crowd’s behaviour.

“There was the odd fight but it was much better than previous years,” the spokesperson said.

“The whole event seemed to go successfully.”

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Condobolin blood donations not in vein

Betty Ticehurst,  Dorothy Keefe and Kellie De Grande with nurses Jacky Chapman, Therese Goodacre and Sue Rollin. DGBy Dominic Geiger

Approximately 50 Condobolin residents rolled up their sleeves to donate blood last Wednesday when the Australian Red Cross Blood Service’s Central West Donor Mobile visited the town.

Blood Van nurse, Gale Turnbull, said it had been a slow start to the morning, but by ten o’clock a good number of donors had shown up.

“We’ve had 40 people who have actually booked today however we estimate there were another ten or so who just showed up,” she said.

“It’s always a better idea to book ahead though.”

Gale said she thought the turnout was fantastic, however many of the donors hadn’t been drinking enough water prior to their visit.

“We are encouraging people to drink four to five glasses of water before they come in when we visit next time,” she said.

“We will be back in Condobolin here at the RSL Club in three months time on October 13.”

Gale said she wanted to send a heartfelt thanks to everyone in the town who donated.

“There are now a lot of very appreciative people out there,” she said.

“Each donor can give enough blood to potentially save three people.

“So from today that’s around 150 products for people who really need it.”

Appointments for the Blood Van’s next visit in October can be made by calling 13 14 95.


Quota International of Condobolin

L-R: Ros L’Estrange, Margaret Karsten, Sue Kendall, Elaine Lavender, Sharon Denyer, Connie Venables & Lynne Hawley. ContributedQI of Condobolin welcomed Sue Kendall as a new member of their Club at their June meeting.
26th District Governor Lynne Hawley performed the Induction Ceremony and Vice-President Ros L’Estrange (in President Sheila Brasnett’s absence) presented Sue with a small gift and a bouquet of flowers. It has been several years since QI of Condobolin have had a new member join their ranks and they look forward to having Sue as part of their small but enthusiastic group.
QI of Condobolin recently held a Biggest Morning Tea at the Pharmacy and raised over $1100. A letter of thanks was read at the meeting with the information that in recent years our Club has raised and donated $7879.48c to the New South Wales Cancer Council.
Planning is currently underway for several events both fundraising and social over the coming months, including a trip to Parkes by most of our members to attend the ‘Opera at the Dish’ in October.
Ros L’Estrange and Lynne Hawley will be attending the 26th District Conference in Wellington on 24th, 25th and 26th of June when Lynne’s term as District Governor officially comes to an end. Lt/Governor Jeanette Craddock from Bathurst will be installed as District Governor for 2011 – 2012.

Generous donation for Condobolin Hospital

By Dominic Geiger

Family and friends visiting loved ones in Condobolin Hospital’s Palliative Care Unit are now able to ease their minds with a tea or coffee following the donation of a zip boiler and sink to the ward.
Condobolin resident, Doug Norton, decided to make the donation due to the excellent care his wife Diana received before passing away at the hospital.
Kevin Ryan, Health Service Manager at Condobolin Hospital, said the donation would help visitors as they frequently spent long periods of time with patients.
“Visitors are often here day and night [so the donation] will help make things more convenient for them,” he said.
“Doug saw a need to make a donation as he was very happy with the care his wife received.”
“He thought visiting patients would be made easier if visitors were able to make tea.
The hospital is very grateful for the donation; it will really help the relatives and friends of  patients here.”

More funding for Condobolin Skatepark Committee

Helen Barrass presents the cheque to skatepark committee members Lewis Goodsell, Jed White, Alex Davis, Kerrod Griffiths and Trent Wighton.By Dominic Geiger

Progress Printing has recently made a donation of $1,460 to the Condobolin Skatepark Committee.
The grant is the result of a decision to contribute 10% of the proceeds from Progress Printing’s 2011-2012 Community and Business Directory to a suitable community project.
Helen Barrass, Marketing Coordinator for Progress Printing, said the organisation would continue to nominate different community organisations to benefit from sales of the business directory over the coming years.
“Next year it might be a different project,” she said.
“Hopefully the skatepark is built by then.
“Obviously (choosing the site) has been a bit contentious and the project needs to go through the necessary processes to see what the community wants.”
Helen said she believed the skatepark would eventually have an incredibly positive impact on the town’s young people.
“It’s a good project and will keep the youth occupied,” she said.
“Condobolin’s produced some athletes over the years that have gone all the way to the top; so this skatepark will be good for the town I’m sure.
“The project needs to be community driven; the community needs to get involved in it.”

Biggest Morning Tea

Condobolin Tennis Club gathered at their clubhouse to raise funds for Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea.  L-R: Lil Lukins, Karyn White, Lois Black and Marie O’Neill. KTAustralia’s Biggest Morning Tea celebrations were held across Condobolin last week, with an impressive number of different local organisations raising funds for Cancer Council Australia with a selection of delicious mid morning snacks.
First off the mark on Tuesday May 24 was the CWA at the Western Plains Regional Development Office.
All the usual morning tea treats were on offer and a raffle was drawn with 100% of the proceeds going to the Cancer Council.
$350 was raised at the event and four different people took home raffle prizes.
Wednesday May 25 saw Lindy Hall at Condo Clothing bring along homemade lamingtons and providing cups of tea for a gold coin donation.
The total amount raised for the day was $221, which included Lindy contributing $5 of every item purchased in the store on the day to the Cancer Council.
“It’s something simple for a great cause,” Lindy said.
Thursday May 26 saw a whole host of organisations offering morning tea around town, with Cafe Romo raising around $700 and offering an incredible selection of cakes and slices to all those who made a donation.
At The Condobolin Aboriginal Health Service’s morning tea, approximately $220 was raised with staff and members of the public enjoying an array of sweets in the organisation’s meeting room.
Thursday also saw the Condobolin Tennis Club, Condobolin High School and Quota having morning teas of their own.
Quota raised an outstanding $710 with 78 morning teas being served and Beatrice Hamilton winning the raffle.
The Tennis Club raised $440 and the high school raised $162.50.
Wrapping up celebrations for the week on Sunday was Happy Daze Coffee Lounge with a morning tea, raffles and giveaways and a grand total of approximately $500 being raised.
A big congratulation also goes to all the other organisations around town not mentioned in this article, and a big thumbs up to everyone who donated to such a worthy cause.

Hats off to Rotary Health

Dave Carter and Uwe Kuhn at the Rotary Hat Day fundraiser last Sunday.By Dominic Geiger

The Condobolin branch of Rotary International held a successful Hat Day fundraiser at the Condobolin Sports Club last Sunday, with all proceeds raised during the event going to fund research into mental health in Australia.
The event was held in order to raise awareness about the four million Australians who will suffer from a mental disorder at some point in their lives and to remove the stigma associated with mental health disorders.
About 25 people played bowls throughout the day while wearing various hats in keeping with the theme of taking mental health issues out from ‘under their hat’.
President of the Condobolin Rotary Club, Dave Carter, said Hat Day was a new initiative for Australian Rotary Health.
“This fundraiser is different because whereas in other events you’ll have a certain amount of money going towards administration, 100% of the money raised (at Hat Day) will go to the cause,” he said.
“I’d like to thank the Condobolin Sports Club for waving the green fees; everyone has paid $15 today which includes a sausage sizzle and a game of bowls.”
Coordinator of the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program, Di Gill, was also on site at the event with other mental health professionals at the mobile Pit Stop van medical centre.
“Rotary research does a lot for Mental Health in Australia,” Di said.
“(Hat Day is) important because it not only focuses on research, but allows mental health issues to be spoken about openly so as to decrease the stigma (associated with mental health disorders).
“It also increases peoples’ understanding about how to get appropriate help and support regarding mental health.”

Colourful characters and their cars collect in Condobolin

Newcastle Variety Bash vehicles filled the Condobolin Public School oval last Monday morning.

By Dominic Geiger

An incredibly brightly coloured convoy of pre-1974 vehicles rolled in to Condobolin last Sunday night as part the 20th annual Newcastle Variety Charity Bash.
Cars, trucks and buses all sported various inventive designs ranging from stuffed Australian animals on bumper bars to a Scooby Doo inspired van.
The 100 plus drivers attended a Hangi dinner at the Royal Hotel on Sunday evening and then had breakfast at the Condobolin Public School on Monday morning where they put on a magic show for the students and gave donations of laptops and computer learning programs.
Public school principal, Deb Nay, said she thought the rally was fantastic.
“Both the cars and the characters are very colourful,” she said.
“The new computer program is called Boardmaker; it’s great for kids who find it difficult to write but also helps structure classroom learning in a visual way.”
Deb said one of the drivers, a music teacher named Steve Lavis, would also be helping to check the conditions of the school’s instruments.
“The school is trying to get a music program up and running so he’ll be checking the condition of the instruments for us,” she said.
Cavemen: Greg Paff, Tracey Stephens, Terry Patterson and Jamie Price.Organiser of the event, Victor Shields, said the Blue Reardon, owner of the Royal Hotel, had looked after the drivers extremely well.
“We’ve had a great feast tonight; we thought we’d try something different in the open air and have a Hangi,” he said.
“We had a great trip down from Newcastle; we stopped at a school in Gulgong and the kids came in on a Sunday for a circus.”
Driver Wayne Sexton aka ‘The Stig’ said he was having a ball of a time.
“It’s been fantastic,” he said.
“Yesterday was a big day because we did 600kms.
“Now we’re off to Ivanhoe for lunch and then on to Balranald tonight.”
Variety Children’s Charity raises money to help children who are suffering from health, educational or economical disadvantage.

Charity drive rumbles into town

By Dominic Geiger

The deep rumble of a convoy of cancer fighting cars and the haunting tunes of a Scottish pipe band marked the arrival of the Cruisin’ Along Care West Charity Drive in Condobolin last Friday night.
After arriving in town, the drivers made their way to the Condobolin Sports Club where a barbecue had been organised to celebrate the visit.
Co organiser and Mayor of Orange, John Davis, said the rally visited towns that had been supportive of the Care West Lodge project.
The Care West Lodge, which is adjacent to the new Orange Hospital, will provide support and accommodation for rural cancer patients and their carers.
“Condobolin has been very supportive with the project and has raised in excess of $50,000,” he said.
“The lodge will be finished in June so if someone has cancer, comes from a rural area and needs to be treated in Orange, there’ll be a facility available for them, their family and friends there.
“The fact is, it’s a great cause because one in every three Australians is affected by cancer.”
Dee Barnes, who made the journey from Orange as part of the drive, said she’d had a great time both as part of the convoy and at the Sports Club.
“We’ve been well looked after tonight,” she said.
“I’ve been to the Care West Lodge and I get involved because it’s great to support such a helpful initiative.”
The Condobolin RSL Pipe Band also put on a well received performance for the visitors.

Newcastle variety bash coming to town

Condobolin will once again see a massive influx of brightly coloured cars this weekend with the 20th anniversary of the Newcastle Variety Charity Bash set to roll into town on Sunday evening.
The participants will take part in a New Zealand style H?ngi dinner at the Royal Hotel and breakfast at Condobolin Public School before continuing on to various other towns between Balranald, Echuca and Gilgandra throughout the week.
Organiser of the event, Victor Shields said the bash required entrants to raise over $4000 per vehicle in support of Variety Children’s Charity prior to entering the event.
“All of that money then goes to buying different equipment to help children who are suffering from health, educational or economic disadvantages,” he said.
“We only buy equipment so we know our money goes where it’s supposed to go.”
Victor said all the participants would arrive in old style, brightly coloured cars though the exact designs were usually kept a secret until the day of the rally.
“People really use their imagination with how they paint their vehicles,” he said.
“We know for sure we have more than 50 pre-1974 Bash cars and teams will be dressed and ready to impress in Where’s Wally stripes, gaudy orange overalls, Hawaiian shirts, bikie leathers and cops uniforms, just to name a few.”


May 9, 2011 marks the start of National Volunteer Week, however for the volunteers at St Vincent de Paul, Condobolin, it is just another day. The Bathurst Street centre has approximately 45 volunteers giving their time on a roster system.
The St Vincent de Paul Society’s 40,000 members and volunteers work hard to assist people in need and combat social injustice across Australia. Internationally, the Society operates in 130 countries and has over 950,000 members.
The Condobolin Vinnies Centre volunteers are assigned various tasks, including collecting donations of unwanted clothing, sorting out donated items and working behind the counter.
The organisation also has a number of ‘conference members’ who interview clients and decide on the most effective method of support.  People who are being assisted by conference members are often provided with food, clothing and household items as well as assistance with bills.
The Vinnies Centre is also a valuable resource for people on low incomes, enabling them to buy quality clothing and other household items at an affordable price. Centre customers also include people looking for fashionable items and all bargain hunters looking to make their dollar go a little further. The profit from the sale of stock from the Vinnies Centre is used to provide the resources and support to people in need.
The Condobolin Vinnies volunteers are always looking for more volunteers to assist them in this work. Even just a couple of hours a week is a great help. They point out that volunteerism is a mutually beneficial experience and there is a special sense of satisfaction you get from helping others and learning new skills.  If you are interested in volunteering please call 6895 3027.

Cruisin’ in to Condobolin

By Dominic Geiger

The Cruisin’ Along Care West Charity Drive will make its first stop in Condobolin on Friday night May 6 to celebrate $50,000 being raised by people in Condobolin in support of cancer sufferers and their carers.
Approximately 30 cars will make their way from Orange to Condobolin with the majority of the vehicles expected to arrive in town between five and six pm.
The Condobolin Auto Sports Club will be putting on an all ages barbecue at the Sports Club to celebrate, which will be accompanied by local entertainment, raffles and a mystery auction with a very unique prize.
Organiser of the event, Terry Davis, said the drive, which is its third year, had so far raised over $100,000 in support of Care West.
“All the money raised goes to accommodation for cancer patients and their carers living in Central West and Western NSW,” he said.
“We’ll have old, unique and brand new cars coming through; there are no limitations on the kind of car.
“There’ll be a few that blow a fair bit of smoke out the back as well as novelty lights and sirens so you’ll be sure to notice them.
“We’re expecting there’ll be about 70 to 75 people who will come in the 30 cars.”
A bus will be available for  drivers to take them from their accommodation in town to the Sports Club and back.
The rally will continue on to Albert, Narromine and Dubbo on the Saturday.

The Condobolin Argus – 10 years old

With The Condobolin Argus’ 10th birthday nearly upon us, first week of May, it seemed appropriate for a trip down memory lane to revisit some of the issues and events that have been critical in making The Argus the influential and relevant community newspaper it is today.
With so many editions archived in the depths of the Argus library, the task of revisiting important stories and campaigns seemed daunting at first, though with much perseverance, the team at The Argus has managed to compile a fairly concise list of ten achievements it feels have been most relevant to the Lachlan Shire community.
They are (in no particular order):
Joining the battle to keep the Condobolin Agricultural Research Station up and running.
In March 2009, The Argus reported on the NSW Labor Government’s decision to close the Condobolin Agricultural Research Station (CARAS). A surge of public protest culminating in a rally in Condobolin’s main street reversed that decision.
Helping prevent the closure of Target Country in Condobolin.
In January 2003, The Argus confirmed Condobolin Target Country would remain open despite pressure to close the store. The Argus supported the store during the resulting six month trial period through a ‘shop local’ campaign.
Helping to promote the Condobolin skate park project.
The Argus has been supporting the Condobolin skate park project for a number of years. The project is finally becoming a reality with the final draft becoming available for public comment following Lachlan Shire Council Meeting on 20th April.
Supporting the RTA’s ‘Three Shires’ initiative to help reduce the region’s road toll.
This project aims to increase road safety throughout the Lachlan, Forbes and Parkes shires. Part of this project has been the wheelie bin initiative, encouraging children to decorate wheelie bins in an effort to highlight road safety. The Argus played a large role in encouraging people to take part in this project, and now also has a very happy looking bin.
Providing full yet sensitive coverage of breaking news including human tragedies.
For example on the 2nd of December 2005, a ten-seater Piper Chieftain light plane crashed on Neil Baxter’s property ‘Craig End’. Unfortunately, the incident resulted in the loss of several lives and resulted in an Australian Transport Safety Bureau inquiry. The Argus printed continuous coverage of the incident from the crash to release of the inquiry.
Coverage of natural disasters.
The Argus has been instrumental in keeping the community aware of various fires and floods which have affected the region over the past ten years. With the real time news delivery available with the internet, The Argus can now deliver information to readers as soon as natural disasters unfold. This was most recently demonstrated during the floods in Ungarie last month.
Promotion of local tourism initiatives, particularly ‘Utes in the Paddock’.
Owing to the Argus’ commitment to improving tourism in the Lachlan Shire (and perhaps due to the fact our editor is one of the artists) Utes in the Paddock has become a ‘must see’ on any visitor’s to do list. Beginning in 2007, The Utes in the Paddock Project now includes 15 ute artworks and has been nominated for a NSW Heritage and Cultural Tourism Award and People’s Choice Tourist Experience Award.
Coverage of Aboriginal issues and events in the Lachlan Shire.
The Argus has strived to help ‘close the gap’ on Indigenous inequality though a focus on providing fair and unbiased reporting on events and issues important to the Wiradjuri community. The Argus has frequently reported positively on Aboriginal tourism, educational and employment initiatives.
Promotion of major events such as the Condo 750, Tattoo,  Condo B & S and our Australian Idol Shannon Noll.
The Argus has thrown its support behind various community oriented events over its ten year history. This promotion has been in the form of editorials, advertorials and extensive advertising features before, during and after events.
Support of local Charity Organisations
When major charity events and fundraisers happen in the Lachlan Shire, The Argus is always in the thick of the action, lending its promotional power to the event. Various charities and charitable organisations.

Support for Community much more than just words in a newspaper.
Born out of a large gathering of members from right across the community forming the view more could be done to promote our region, The Condobolin Argus actively pursues promotional opportunities in may different ways.
The paper looks to attract staff with high level skills and talents that offer its community additional benefits. One staff member worked tirelessly on submissions and promotion for the Professional Bull Riders event. That event attracting large crowds enhancing business for the local community. Yet another staff member successfully competed the local Show Girl promotion being awarded State Runner Up at the Royal Easter Show, thereby doing a magnificent job of promoting our region.
Focus for The Condobolin Argus is very firmly on assisting local community to promote itself, diligently managing advertisers funds to employ high level skills providing a holistic service. One portfolio sponsored by The Condobolin Argus in this way is that of ‘Community Promotions Officer’.
All of this has only been made possible by your strong support over the past ten years. Thank you for helping us to provide this service to our community.
To help your local community newspaper celebrate its 10th birthday and plan for many more, please drop on by the office at 93 Bathurst Street Condobolin during the first week of May -We’ll have some birthday cake.

Quota celebrates 45 years

This month the Quota Club of Condobolin celebrates 45 years since its inaugural Installation of Officers.
Those were the days of evening dresses and long white gloves, extremely formal affairs.
Quota has changed considerably since those heady days, much less formal and the old membership status of needing to be a professional or business woman long since gone.
Quota has moved with the times, and clubs are now more social with a lot less procedure to deal with. We are even allowed to install male members in this age of anti discrimination, however I don’t think there are many male members in the Quota family.
So what would the Quota Club like as a 45th birthday present?
In two words MORE MEMBERS.
For 45 years Quota has served the community, that’s what a service club does, however because our membership has dropped gradually over the past few years we have an insufficient work force to carry out substantial fundraising functions.
We recently had to postpone our High Tea for that reason.
After 45 years of service we believe that Quota in Condobolin deserves to celebrate its 50th anniversary with a whole lot of new members.
Anyone from 18 to 100 can apply, we would love to see you.
IF you are interested please contact Roslyn L’Estrange at the pharmacy, she will be only too pleased to tell you about Quota.
Come on girls, we need you!
(- Quota International of Condobolin)

You Can fight cancer with your old mobile phones


St Joseph’s School students are helping to trade old mobile phones for new cancer centres as part of the You Can cancer charity initiative.
The project is part of Sony Foundation Australia’s deal with an international recycling company to exchange old mobile phones for cash.
The money gained is then spent on building cancer centres across Australia.
So if you have any old mobile phones lying around the house and know someone connected to a St Joseph’s School student, feel free to pass them on.
Alternatively, drop by the school or Shortis and Timmins pharmacy where You Can charity bins are located.

RSL donates to Condo Rams

Brad Bell with the RSL’s Brian Prothero and Ray Holmes. DGBy Dominic Geiger

The Condobolin RSL has become the major sponsor of the Condobolin Rams Rugby League club with a donation of $10,000.
The money has been used to purchase full uniforms and will help pay for administration, insurance and coaching costs for players.
Rams President Bradley Bell was at the RSL last Wednesday to accept the donation on behalf of the club.
Bradley said he was incredibly grateful for the sign of support the RSL had shown the Rams.
“Without this donation we’d be struggling,” he said.
“The money will be spread across the under 19s, the Women’s League Tag and the Senior Side.
“We’ve got six sides in the under 19s; I’m really looking forward to this season.”
Bradley said the jerseys in particular would be of great value to the Rams.
“The jumpers are absolutely great,” he said.
“Everyone’s got the same colours on their gear, including the girls and under 19s.
“The girl’s tag in particular is becoming more popular; they’re really enjoying it.”
Ray Holmes, Condobolin RSL Manager, said in addition to helping the teams out, he also hoped the donation would encourage the community to get out to the games and support the Rams.
“Support is particularly important in the juniors’ league; we need to keep the kids entertained,” he said.
“This sponsorship will be a long term business relationship.”
The Condobolin Rams Seniors play their first game of the season away against Peak Hill on May 1.
The juniors and women’s tag teams start the following week at home against Grenfell.

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