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Rocking horse ‘Rocky’ up for auction

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Childers Rotary president Kerry Smythe (left) and secretary Liz Bunn with “Rocky” the rocking horse which was donated to the club as a raffle prize by club member the late Alwyn Harrip.

He doesn’t eat much or go very fast but “Rocky”, the Childers Rotary Club’s rocking horse, is ready to race into the life of some lucky child.

The vintage rocking horse was bequeathed to the club by the late Alwyn Harrip who delighted in his long-term membership of Rotary and the Childers Rotary Club.

Club Secretary Liz Bunn said Alwyn had been a great supporter of Childers Rotary and had ensured the rocking horse had been gifted to the club after his passing.

“A lot of people knew Alwyn as the owner of Figtree Treasures, that quaint hand-built stone building on the southern approach to Childers under the huge fig tree.

“He specialised in quality antiques and this rocking horse came into his possession many years ago. It was Alwyn’s wish that we raffle the horse to raise funds for the work that Childers Rotary supports locally and through the international programs of Rotary.

“It’s in excellent condition, is very sturdy and no doubt has the ability to rock some child’s world,” Liz said.

“The Melbourne Cup may be done and dusted but Childers Rotary is giving everyone the opportunity to back this winner with raffle tickets on sale for a limited time at $2 per ticket.

“We plan to draw the winning ticket for “Rocky” at a Rotary organised community Christmas event at the Childers Showgrounds on Saturday, December 5.

“The program for the evening is still being organised but is planned to be held from 5pm with a predicted finish time of 8.30pm.”

Liz said the evening was part of Bundaberg Regional Council’s “12 Days of Christmas” promotion.

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Come on Rocky! Childers Rotary member Liz Bunn shows poise and balance as she drives “Rocky” the Childers Rotary rocking horse to another victory. Cheering Liz’s superb riding styles are Pete Russo (left) and Don Grant.

“Central to the night will be a family movie with a number of community clubs on board to provide their support.

“Refreshments and a sausage sizzle will be available; the Childers Choral Society has indicated they will perform a few carols and the local Firies will ensure Santa arrives to provide the kids with a treat.”

“Once all details have been formalised more widespread promotion of the event will be undertaken,” said Liz.

Tickets for a chance to win “Rocky” are available for purchase at Childers News and the Isis Club. Out of town supporters requiring tickets can email their enquiry to wayneheidrich@gmail.com or phone 0438 638 407.

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