Your Weekend in Colac and district

Fundraiser for young cancer sufferer

by Carla Okai

Cobden residents will unite to raise money for 10-year-old Grace Howard who is receiving treatment for a brain tumour.

A 10-YEAR-OLD girl will bring the Cobden community together on Sunday.

Grace Howard is receiving radiation and chemotherapy treatments after doctors diagnosed her with a brain tumour.

Cobden residents have been keen to help Grace, daughter of Dean and Vanessa Howard.

Cobden’s Country Fire Authority support officer Jenna McMeel said Sunday’s fundraiser would help the Howard family with hospital bills, accommodation, medicine, food and ongoing treatment.

“There’s been so much support from local businesses and residents so we’re expecting a huge crowd,” Ms McMeel said.

She said the fundraising day would include a netball clinic from Camperdown-raised Melbourne Vixens netballer Sarah Wall, an auction and raffle, children’s entertainment and food and drinks.

“There’s going to be a lot going on, with the netball clinic starting at 10.30am and heaps of activities near the Cobden Golf Club,” Ms McMeel said.

“We’ll also have locals shaving their heads to raise money for Grace, at the moment there’s eight but there could be more on the day,” she said.

She said the Howard family was overwhelmed with the support it had received from people across the Colac district.

“They’re very grateful and they’re hoping to be there on Sunday, it just depends on how well Grace is feeling,” she said.

“But everyone is fully behind them.”

Colac high teas prove to be sweet delight

Stephanie Holbery pours tea for high tea customer Meghan McLeod.

SCONES with jam and cream, custard tarts, chocolate mousse and ribbon sandwiches are among the scrumptious offerings at a Colac cafe’s high teas.

Wonderfoods’ Stephanie Holbery said the cafe’s three-tiered delights had become so popular she was looking to make them a monthly occurrence.

Ms Holbery said her fifth high tea on Sunday was fully booked, but she there would be more sweet delights to come in August.

Colac district spinners and knitters will showcase their finest work at an Apollo Bay open day.

Open day will highlight craft work

THE Apollo Bay Spinners will host a “texstyle” open day at the Marrar Woorn Community House on Sunday.

Group member Marjorie Morkham said spinning, knitting, crocheting, wool dyeing, textile crafts, felting, woodwork and wearable art would be on display.

“We’ve just inviting people from the local community to have a look at what we do,” Ms Morkham said the group’s 15 members get together “a few times a month”.

“People can buy various crafts; they can buy spinning wool or other wool and soft toys,” she said.

“If the weather’s nice, Lauris Jephcott will have an alpaca for people to look at.”

Ms Morkham said the open day was the second of its kind.

She said an event two years ago attracted more than 350 people and she hoped for a similar turnout this Sunday.

“It’s really just for people’s pleasure – it costs nothing to come in and it only costs something if they buy something,” she said.

Movie will help soccer club’s transformation

THE treasurer of Colac’s soccer club says she hopes a movie fundraiser will help the club establish itself in a new league.

Colac Otway Rovers’ will screen Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon at Colac Cinemas tonight.

Johanna Latham said she hoped the fundraiser would help cover the expenses of playing in the Football Federation Victoria’s Geelong region competition, which the club has been involved in since January.

“The expenses of playing in Geelong are a lot higher than we when ran our own local league,” Mrs Latham said.

“Basically we’re looking for fundraising because being a new club in Geelong obviously we need funds to support the club,” she said.

The fundraiser begins at 8.45pm and Mrs Latham said tickets were available at regular cinema prices.

Shia LaBeouf returns as Sam Witwicky in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Sam must help the Autobots finally defeat the Decepticons after the Autobots hear of a Cybertronian spacecraft hidden on the moon.

It becomes a race against the Decepticons to reach it first and find out all of its secrets.

Country music club appeals to young performers

A COLAC music club is encouraging line dancers and young performers to attend a country music afternoon on Sunday.

Colac Comeback Country Music Club’s monthly event will feature Neville and Kathy Hird, who have been playing music for more than 60 years between them.

Neville Hird started singing and playing country music about 40 years ago.

His inspiration is his family and friends and in the early years he would sing in a school choir, family functions and concerts around the district.

Hird has enjoyed travelling around Victoria and New South Wales for country music festivals and judging talent quests throughout his career.

The couple’s performance starts at 1pm at the Colac RSL.

One Response to “Your Weekend in Colac and district”

  1. mandy

    love you gracie 🙂 stay strong girl!!!!!!!!!!!!! oxoxo