Ride for Sick Kids rolls into Wodonga

RIDING FOR A CAUSE: Ride for Sick Kids committee members Darren Cowell, Gerrie Richardson, Chris Carroll, Howard Armitage, Nick Newton, Tully Lyster, Jason Wall, Anthony Nigro and Brett Tooley. Picture: MARK JESSER
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BORDER families with sick children are being looked after.

Not just by the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Wodonga Hospital, but also by those participating in the RMHC Ride for Sick Kids.

More than 30cyclists rolled through the Border yesterday, completing their 450-kilometre ride, which started in Mildura,for the fifth year in a row.

Ride for Sick Kids chairman Brett Tooley said over the years more than $2 million had been donated, $500,000 of which was raised duringthis year’s journey.

Wodonga’s Ronald McDonald Family Room co-ordinator Karen Trenchard said the Wodonga service was part of the Ronald McDonald House in Parkville.

Ms Trenchard said additional funding would help the Wodonga family room continue its service for Borderfamilies with sick children.

She said funding given toRonald McDonald Houses in Melbourne would also help support families from the Border who had to travel for their child’s care.

GRATEFUL: Wodonga’s Ronald McDonald Family Room co-ordinator Karen Trenchard says funding will help continue services for families with sick children.

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LETTERS: Bible is clear

ANCIENT PASSAGE: The writer points to the New Testament as a reason Christians oppose same-sex marriage. Picture: Scott CramerTHE reason why Christians oppose same-sex marriage is clearly stated in the following New Testament passages:
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“For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.” (Rom. 1:26, 27. NKJV).

“… Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites … will inherit the kingdom of God.” (1 Cor. 6:9, 10. NKJV).

One doesn’t need to be a Christian to support traditional marriage between a man and woman.

The secular person can also oppose same-sex marriage because it is unnatural, unhealthy, emotionally unsatisfying, usually unsustainable in the long term, and unproductive of children.

If everyone did it, the nation would cease to exist, for no nation can be sustained by IVF.

To grow into healthy, socially mature and productive citizens children need the complementary role models of a loving biological mother and father.”

– Ken Smith (countersigned by 30 residents of) Bethshan Retirement Village, Wyee

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Boost to water supply

Partnership: In a partnership between the Wagin Shire and UniGrain, whose Wagin faciltiy is pictured here, excess desalinated water will be stored for community use and in cases of need during dry timesNEW water tanks are soon to be upand running to give much neededsupport to the town of Wagin during drytimes.
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With a $26,400 grant fromRoyalties for Regions, two 250 kilolitrewater tanks have been ordered.

The tanks will receive excessdesalinated water from the Unigrainfacility, which will provide animportant non-potable emergencysupply for local farmers and supplementtownscape irrigation.

While the tanks for the town havebeen ordered it is not expected to beup and running for another month.

“That will help supplementwatering for the town site, like gardensand the ovals,” Shire of Waginchief executive officer PeterWebster said.

“The water is also available forspraying and stock use in dry times.

“It’s probably another monthaway before the tanks are up.”

In a partnership between theWagin Shire and UniGrain, it willutilise the water which is currentlydischarged into nearby SlipperyLake.

UniGrain arrived in Wagin lastNovember through acquiring theMortons Seed and Grain oat millingfacility.

Currently Wagin Shire pumpsabout 60-90 megalitres of salinegroundwater each year to controlgroundwater rise and prevent secondarysalinisation in the town.

UniGrain Pty Ltd will treat thewater using reverse osmosis to meetits industrial needs and provide anadditional 4 megalitres per year thatwill be piped back to the new tanksin Wagin.

The Shire of Wagin is contributing$20,950 to the project whichwill go towards the outfitting andinstallation of the tanks.

The grant came about throughthe Community Water SupplyProgram received last month.

CWSP provides grants for communitywater supply improvementsin dryland districts receiving lessthan 600 mm average annual rainfall.

“Lack of water is an issue thatcountry communities continue toface, sometimes annually,” Memberfor Wagin Terry Waldron said whenthe grant was awarded.

“These grants assist in a numberof ways, through projects that provideself-sufficiency, water reutilisationopportunities, decrease salinityand increase storage capacities.”

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300 games for the Rams: Nixon set to reach major milestone

Sam Nixon will bring up 300 games for the club this Saturday. Photo: Phil Blatch.
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BLAYNEY RamSam Nixon, is preparing to become the club’s first player to reach 300 games when his side takes on West Wyalong on Saturday.

The milestone comes after a career which has spanned over 18 seasons on central west rugby union fields.

Sam began playing at 13at Kinross Wolaroi before joining the Rams in 1998.

He has captained the club to three grand final wins and said the mateship and joys of playing the sport have kept him motivated to continue pulling on the boots each winter.

Club PresidentCraig Gosewischcredits Sam’s longevity in the sport to his passion for the local team.

“He was born and bred in Blayney. He’s tough, loves the game and loves the team,” he said.

“He has held different positions within the club over the time he has been with us,” he said.

Craig said Sam’s leadership is invaluable to the club environment and it is a phenomenal effort to reach the 300-game milestone.

“Heis a good leader on and off the field, he is motivated and draws other players to the club,” said Gosewisch.

“I think it is a great achievement to play 300 games of football and to play 300 for the one club is exceptional.”

Sam said he is hopeful the Rams – who finished the 2015 regular season as minor premiers -can continue their recent winning run and claim the premiership spoils, something whichhas eluded them in recent seasons.

“We haven’t played footy in the last two weeks, which makes winning the grand final a little bit harder, but we are pretty confident,” he said.

The Blayney Rams take on the West Wyalong Weevils at King George Oval this Saturday at 3:15 in the GrainCorp Southern Cup major semi-final.

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