Condobolin lends a helping hand in Fiji after cyclone

• Ralph Martin will fly to Fiji to take part in the Cyclone Winston Recovery Project. He will be joined by five other members of the Condobolin community. Cont

By Melissa Blewitt

Six local Condobolin residents will be heading to Nairai Island in Fiji to rebuild a school library and community church as part of the Cyclone Winston Recovery Project.
Ralph Martin, Dave Hall, Scott Elliott, Caleb Bartlett and Tom Kennedy will fly out to the remote island on 18 July.
Some $8,000 of building materials and equipment will be used to make a difference in the lives of locals.
The Project, began after the men met Malachi, a Fijian man, who was working at Pat Kennedy’s property.
“He told us how Cyclone Winston totally destroyed his home. and so people donated a generator and tools for him to take back,” Project organiser Ralph Martin said.
“We [local residents] wanted to help and so began fundraising for the Cyclone Winston Recovery Project, to take materials and tools across to complete the work.”
The Condobolin community can help raise funds for the Project by attending a ‘Fiji Cook Up’ on Sunday, 10 July from 12 Noon at the Condobolin Sports Club.
The event will feature Condo’s finest bush cooks, Crocket’s famous smokers, Nine holes of golf, barefoot bowls, nearest the pin, and an open mic session.
There will be lots of great prizes to be won. Tickets will cost $30 per person and $10 for Under 16 Years. Tickets available from Condobolin Sports Club or Condo Clothing. For more information contact Dave Hall 0427 633 784.

Matthew loses his locks

. Matthew Brasnett just before he loses his hair to raise money for the Leukeamia Foundation. KP

Matthew braves the clippers. KP

A new fashion and holding the hair he will donate to make a wig for a cancer sufferer. KP

By Melissa Blewitt


Matthew Brasnett lost his locks but raised over $1,000 for the Leukaemia Foundation.

He braved the clippers at the Condobolin Sports Club last Friday night.

According to his dad, Steve, Matthew had a bout of nerves prior to the haircut, but has now settled into his new look.

“There were quite a few onlookers at the Club when he did it and the reality of the situation probably set in, just before the hair came off,” he said.

“He is fine with his look now, the first morning after he went in to do his hair, and realised he didn’t have to spend as much time on it now”.

“I cannot say enough about how proud I am of Matthew and all that he achieved. He approached people and asked them to be part of his World’s Greatest Shave journey.”

“He had to raise a minimum of $550 and he doubled that, so he has done very well.”

“We would both like to thank the Condobolin community for all their support.”

Every day 34 Australians are given the devastating news that they have leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma, and they’ll turn to the Leukaemia Foundation for help.

Matthew will send his locks so that it can be made into a wig for someone with cancer who has lost their hair.

B & S Ball is back again for 2015

Condobolin’s annual B&S Ball will be held in just over two weeks, with tickets now on sale at the early bird rate.

• Some of the crowd enjoying the Condobolin B&S Ball in 2013. The B&S is back again this year on 11 July, with star-studded entertainment and a new location. KP

By Lara Pearce

Condobolin’s annual B&S Ball will be held in just over two weeks, with tickets now on sale at the early bird rate.

The B&S, which is on Saturday 11 July, will be held at the Condobolin Race Track for the first time this year.

Internationally renowned singer Kirsty Lee Akers is performing on the night.

“She has been touring a lot in Nashville, in the United States, so we have been really lucky to get her out here,” said Tara Baxter, the President of the B&S.

“It is the first time that she has come to this region.”

Kirsty has just released a new single, ‘That’s How You Get Famous’.

“That will be the theme for the evening,” Tara said. “They can get dressed up as a famous person like Elvis or Monroe – we’ve left it open to interpretation.”

Kirsty will be accompanied by the Wayne Rider Band from Goulburn, who have been a hit at previous B&Ss.

The Race Track gates will open at 2pm on 11 July, while the bar will be open from 3pm. The B&S committee is warning attendees that no alcohol, glass or food dye will be permitted on the grounds.

Tickets are available for the early bird rate of $100 until Thursday 9 July. They can be purchased by emailing or phoning 0427 851 231 to pay by direct deposit.

Alternatively, tickets can be purchased at the gate for $130.

“We have a very small committee and are always looking for helpers,” Tara said.

“Without community involvement from volunteers and community groups, we wouldn’t be able to get our ball off the ground.

“Because of all the new rules and regulations, a lot of balls are closing and we don’t want that to happen to us here in Condo.”

Anyone interested in getting involved is encouraged to email Tara at or phone her on 0427 851 231.

The profits raised from the B&S are donated back to the community groups and organisations which are involved, including the various sporting clubs, local schools and the Rotary Club of Condobolin.

“This year, we have been lucky enough to have Leading Appliances donate prizes for Best Dressed, so that is great that they have come on board,” Tara said.

“I would also really like to thank the committee – Kathy Parnaby, Melissa Barby, Bruce Patton and Rex Press – for all their hard work. It is a lot of work that they put in that people don’t realise to make this ball a success.”

Colouring for cancer

The children of Condobolin Preschool are showing that age is no barrier in helping to make a difference to those in need.

• Condobolin Preschool children enjoying their funky coloured hair in the playground and the classroom on Tuesday with teacher Sandra Crow. LP


The children of Condobolin Preschool are showing that age is no barrier in helping to make a difference to those in need.

• Condobolin Preschool teacher Sandra Crow spraying one of the children’s hair pink. LP















By Lara Pearce

The children of Condobolin Preschool are showing that age is no barrier in helping to make a difference to those in need.

The students are joining in the World’s Greatest Shave this week by colouring and decorating their hair to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation.

“We got online and found out that you can get the funky hair pack for schools,” explained Preschool teacher, Nadine Doyle yesterday.

“The packs arrived yesterday afternoon, so it is the first day today.”

“The kids have loved it.”

The hair spray, feathers and colourful pipe cleaners will be out each day this week.

In Australia, 60,000 people currently have leukaemia and 31 more are diagnosed each day. The Leukaemia Foundation provides practical and emotional support to people with blood cancer and also invests in vital research to find better treatments and cures.

Parents are being encouraged to make a gold coin donation at the Preschool. Members of the community are also able to sponsor the preschool online by searching for the ‘Condobolin Preschool’ on the World’s Greatest Shave website: [].





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