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Burrumbuttock Hay Run

This post was originally published in the February 2018 issue of the monthly newsletter of The Down Under Club of Winnipeg, The Southern Yarn – http://downunderclub.mb.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Yarn2018_02-Feb.pdf

On January 26, 2018, the 13th Burrumbuttock Hay Run headed west to provide essential resources to drought-stricken farmers across regional New South Wales and Queensland. What exactly is the hay run and how did it get started?

Photo: http://hayrunners.com/index.php/photo-gallery/

The Burrumbuttock Hay Run (BHR) was founded by Brendan Farrell in 2014. When he heard about a farmer in Bourke, NSW, struggling in the drought, Brendan offered to take him a truck load of hay to help him out.

There have now been 13 successful hay runs delivering donated hay to drought-affected farmers all over NSW and Queensland.

BHR is about mates helping mates in times of need. Farmers impacted by drought often struggle to ask for help, and many also battle mental health issues because of the financial strain of trying to keep the farm afloat.

Although the hay delivered only provides temporary relief, it’s about showing fellow Australians that someone cares about them. Awareness and education are also important for Brendan and the team because they believe “Aussie farmers are critical to our future in Australia”. Continue reading

You are invited to attend …

Thanks to Winnipeg immigration lawyer Bashir Khan for bringing this event to our attention.

The Winnipeg Branch of the Canadian International Council is holding an event on Tuesday October 31 at 5:30 pm, at the Jekyll & Hyde Pub, 437 Stradbrook Avenue.

Dr Wil Hoverd will speak on “Five Eyes” from a New Zealand perspective. The smallest Five Eyes country has a thing or two to teach Canada about how a small country can hit above its weight in the world.

Free to attend and no RSVP is required. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The “Five Eyes” refer to an intelligence alliance comprising Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States. These countries are bound by the multilateral UKUSA Agreement, a treaty for joint cooperation in signals intelligence.

AFL Grand Final in Winnipeg!

Crows or Tigers? Who will win the AFL GF?

Join us on Friday September 29 from 9:30 pm at Boston Pizza on Henderson Highway in Winnipeg.

Members of the DUCW will join AFL fans and players to watch the greatest game on the AFL calendar.

We will likely go until around 2:00 am on Saturday morning, so catch up on your sleep now because it’s going to be a fantastic event not to be missed!

Possum Magic

Woolworths is co-launching a limited-edition of colourful $2 coins featuring characters from the iconic Australian children’s book, Possum Magic.

The coins are minted by The Royal Australian Mint but will be released to the public through Woolworths tills and feature Possum Magic’s main character, Hush, along with a colourful “magical dust” rings.

A limited-edition Possum Magic Coin Collection album will also be sold through Woolworths and the Royal Australian Mint. The coins are designed to mark the Children’s Book Council of Australia Children’s Book Week.

“We hope the release of the coin collection provides more opportunities for grandparents, parents and children alike to engage with this iconic story and perhaps even try recreating the famous dishes contained in the book,” said Woolworths Program Manager, Sarah De La Mare.

The first $2 design in the coin series has already been released into Woolworths registers. The second design will be released 22 August 2017 and the final design 29 August 2017. The coin collection album can be purchased for AUD $15 from Woolworths supermarkets and the Royal Australian Mint.

Thanks to Charlie Powell for bringing this to our attention.

Annual Golf Tournament

Feel like playing a round?

Then this is your last chance to sign up for the annual DUCW Golf tournament on THIS Saturday:

  • Saturday August 19
  • The Players, 2695 Park Royale Way (Inkster Way)
  • 11:00 am for 18 holes
  • 1:15 pm for 9 holes

Call Peter Munn TODAY at 204-237-1805.

Fun to a Tee!