Cash splashed at Oaks bash

November 15, 2017

About $8000 was raised for works at the Heathcote Pool at last week's Oaks day luncheon, held at the town's Barrack Reserve.

EVERYONE was keen to have a flutter at last week’s Oaks day luncheon.

The Heathcote Pool Committee held their annual Oaks day event at Barrack Reserve last Thursday and committee members were overwhelmed by the support.

Whether it was having a punt on the horses or battling it out in the silent auction, guests were more than happy to open their chequebooks.

Money raised will go towards efforts to build a roof over the toddlers’ pool providing shade and an area to mount additional solar heating.

While the final figures aren’t in yet, committee secretary Lyn Hough said the estimates were around the $8000 mark.

‘‘At a rough estimate, we raised about $8000, however that’s not taking into account the expenses — they’re estimated at about $3000,’’ Ms Hough said.

‘‘The Oaks day event is one of our best and when you hear the feedback from everyone it makes you want to do it again next year. At this stage the committee is taking it year by year.

‘‘It was a bit of a shame we didn’t have more men attend; just because it’s Oaks day doesn’t mean it’s all about the ladies.’’

Money from tickets and the silent auction will be finalised in January when treasurer Sue Turner returns from overseas, but at this stage the total profit is around $5000.

A popular item in the auction was a wooden platter, and Ms Hough said it was terrific to see attendees bidding.

‘‘Kate Knight made a wooden platter which we had sitting on the far table, it ended up selling for around $180. It was a wonderful piece,’’ she said.

As for the award winners, the best-dressed lady event featured tough competition, with three women receiving rousing applause.

In the end, it was Lisa Cannan who took the accolades.

‘Best couple’ provided some unconventional pairings, however in the end golf buddies John Dunn and Helen Carlin were victorious.

It looked like John would become a dual award winner for his entry in the men’s best-dressed competition, however in a strange turn of events a journalist managed to snag the prize.

Thank you to all who cheered, as I, Lachie Durling, was crowned the best-dressed male.

Best hat also had a large number of entries, however Maryanne Pullen’s headpiece had the crowd’s vote.

All proceeds will go directly to the Heathcote pool for maintenance and upgrades.

Pool committee president Liz Spillane said upgrades were possible because of joint efforts with City of Greater Bendigo.

‘‘Our current project will be a joint effort with the local community and City of Greater Bendigo. We have raised about $30,000 which includes $4000 from Mandalay Resources plus we have a promise of $2000 from the Lions Club of Heathcote,’’ she said.

‘‘We have a challenge grant of $20,000 from the Heathcote Community Bank, payable once the project gets the go-ahead. We also have a couple of other grant applications awaiting outcome. We’re quite confident the roof project will be completed in time for the 2018/19 season.

‘‘Sadly two of our members have passed away during this year. We remember Merilyn Luscombe, one of the foundation members, and Jan Roberts, who was a committee members for many years.

‘‘We’re hoping that some younger people in the local community will step up and help with a view to taking over the reins of HCPPI in the future.’’

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