Firies fundraiser a particularly hot event this year

Woodenbong Firies Fundraiser Ambrose winners Daniel Clements, Peter Taylor and Terry Clements.
Woodenbong Firies Fundraiser Ambrose winners Daniel Clements, Peter Taylor and Terry Clements.

The 20th Annual Woodenbong Rural Fire Brigade Golf and Calcutta Fun Day was again well-attended and very successful.

The weather was fine, however very hot with some reports saying it was around 37º C. There were around 70 golfers on the field with many more in the clubhouse waiting for the afternoon entertainment.

The 3-Person Ambrose golf is a fun event and the winners are drawn randomly from the field. The much-sought-after perpetual trophy made by the late Garry Elliott and donated by Mavis Elliott, was this year won by Peter Taylor, Terry Clements and Daniel Clements. They each also took away a great prize donated by Terry and Diane Clements.

The calcutta was again a hit with 'auctioneer' Paul McKey entertaining everyone with plenty of colourful comments during the call. Paul has the ability to whip the crowd into a frenzy of bidding for the chance to attain a winning horse for the coveted Melbourne Cup. Also the monster raffle proved to be once again a fantastic array of prizes all generously donated.

The funds raised from the raffle, calcutta, donations and golf totalled $3800 and like previous years will be shared between the Woodenbong Rural Fire Brigade and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, both of which are vital services to our regional areas.

John Bancroft, from the Helicopter Service, spoke about the statistics in relation to callouts which now sees regional areas becoming a more significant part of the ratio of responses for the Rescue Helicopter.

Captain Greg Gulliver said the day would not be a success without the generous support of the many businesses and individuals in and around the Woodenbong area, Urbenville, Killarney and Kyogle.

“The generosity of people is alive and well, even in tough times,” he said.

“The day has always been well supported by patrons and volunteers from the local area as well as a contingent of players from Kyogle, who always make a great effort in travelling to Woodenbong for the event.

“On behalf of the beneficiaries a huge thank you to all”.

The Rural Fire Service is always looking for new members, men or women, who feel they could contribute to their communities. To find out more contact your local fire brigade or visit