SMOKIN’: Jamie-Lee Andrews gives her dad Willie a run for his money in the billy cart dash. jac-260111-081
SMOKIN’: Jamie-Lee Andrews gives her dad Willie a run for his money in the billy cart dash. jac-260111-081

Cart action fires on track

Billy cart success

SPEEDS of up to 34kmh were reached when Springsure’s Local Ambulance Committee held its billy cart dash on Australia Day.

In what the LAC hopes will be an annual event, the success of the day and money raised for a medical mannequin were beyond expectations.

The scene was set when more than 100 bales of hay, kindly donated by Jim and Barney Hair, were strategically placed for the entire length of the 200m track.

“We had 23 carts registered for the day and it was good to see the community come out as well,” ambulance officer Vaughan Mason said.

“While there weren’t many people participating, it drew a nice crowd who very kindly donated to the cause and everyone had a fun day.”

The children were given free rein on the carts with parents alongside for support.

“The kids had an absolutely fantastic time and it was really good to see that we had parents and people assisting when the children were going down on their runs.

“It was a huge effort and a big special thanks to Frank Mahon who made a cart and he was very open right from the outset, that any children who wanted to have a go, could have a go.

“Frank made his cart so the seats and everything could be modified for the children, just absolutely fantastic.”

In a race to determine who had the fastest emergency services cart, Springsure Fire Services have earnt bragging rights for the year with their custom built cart blitzing the QPS, SES and QAS.

“The firies had the quickest and fastest time down, I think they recorded about 28 seconds,” Vaughan said of the challenge.

Donations from local businesses throughout Springsure were appreciated by the LAC committee.

The bales of hay were bought anonymously, adding to the coffers.

Springsure Blue Light Association, Springsure Lions and ABC Capricornia were some of the sponsors to get a big thankyou from the committee.

“It would be good to see this as an annual event, we will only get bigger and better,” Vaughan said.

At the time of going to print, the billy cart dash had raised almost $3000 with outstanding donations still to be accounted for.

Quilted caterpillar

SPRINGSURE Arts Council will show its first exhibition of the year, commencing next week.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar explores a spectacular quilted rendition of Eric Carle’s very popular children’s book.

Artist Karen Walden was inspired by one of the world’s most recognised children’s books, recreating the 10 colourful fabric pages using a mixture of hand dyed fabrics, machine appliqué, paints and pencils.

Almost an exact replica of the book, the exhibition will be on display at the Bauhinia Bicentennial Art Gallery from Monday, February 6 to Saturday, February 26, as a part of Queensland Arts Council in its 50th year.

First yarn date set

YARNTHUSIASTS are set to meet again when they have their first stitch and chat for 2011.

Knitters and crocheters are invited to attend the informal gathering where you can learn to create or just share.

Peggy Smith and Debby Johnston would love to see the regulars return and invite newcomers to enjoy the company of crafty people.

The stitch and chat will be held in the Bauhinia Memorial Hall supper room on Saturday, March 12, from 10am to 2pm. For information contact Peggy on 4984 3292 or Debby on 0408 863 907.

“It would be good to see this as an annual event,”

ambulance officer Vaughan Mason

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