Bathtub relay lathers up support

The Tradies went with a traditional look, incorporating the Australian flag in their team garb.
The Tradies went with a traditional look, incorporating the Australian flag in their team garb.

SPRINGSURE locals showed their true community spirit in the Bathtub Push to raise funds for Woodbine Lodge at Springsure Hospital MPHS.

Nine local teams signed up to push a bathtub from Emerald to Springsure, raising more than $5500 towards equipment for the elderly.

Teams were given a bucket to collect money while on the road, with a total of $2019 raised.

The chilly morning start had the Springsure Hospital team going at a steady pace, pushing the bathtub for 10km.

  • Cheryl Kooyman covered the most ground, walking 17km.
  • The Tradies were the fastest team and took over from Springsure Lions, clocking 7km in about 40 minutes.
  • The Apprentices followed and, although not quite as fast as their tutors, they outdid them in the fundraising stakes with $240.
  • Connie's Olympians, the fittest team, took the bathtub through the hilly section of the Gregory Highway, but it was Squeaky Clean who raced to the front when they made $280 in their leg.

Angus Iwers, 11, proved his worth in the smallest team.

"Angus was a champion, he ran the whole lot," event co-organiser Sharon Brook said.

The Thomas team was decked out in Little Britain outfits and raised $189 while Feel the Rhythm raised $142.

On the last leg, the Kids of Town took over with great gusto, raising the most with $513.

Sharon said the reception at Lions Park was "phenomenal".

"The pilot crew have to be thanked: Terry Dunphy, Merv Bianchi and Suzanne Goan, but especially Viv Oldfield - he was out there at the crack of dawn," Sharon said.

"It was a locally organised event, and the money is staying within the town.

We will be getting better quality beds, safety mats - just to give the oldies a better quality of life.

Springsure Stingers cooked an awesome feed for the hungry pushers at Springsure Football Club.

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