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Winnipeg Fundraiser for the Australian Bushfires

The devastating bushfires in Australia are continuing to take an almost unimaginable toll on that country. At least 27 people have died, livelihoods have been lost, countless native animals and livestock populations have been decimated, and millions of hectares of land have been burned beyond recognition.

To help those in need, the Down Under Club of Winnipeg (DUCW) is organising a large local Bud ‘n Spud Fundraiser with monies raised sent to the Australian Red Cross through the Canadian Red Cross office in Winnipeg.

  • When — Saturday February 22, 2020, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm
  • Where — Nashville’s Event Centre at Canad Inns Destination Centre Transcona (826 Regent Ave West)
  • Cost — $20 (tickets purchased in advance) for your choice of either a chicken or pasta/pizza dinner with baked potato, Caesar salad, garlic breadstick, and one complimentary beverage
  • Tickets — to purchase tickets or to make a donation, contact Peter Debenham at 204-955-0393
  • Silent Auction — if you would like to donate a prize for the auction, please contact Charlie Powell at 204-806-6965
  • For more information — Peter Munn at 204-237-1805 or Jenny Gates at info@downunderclub.mb.ca

In addition to the Silent Auction and 50/50 — tickets available on the night — there will be several speeches and presentations from members of the Australian and New Zealand community, as well as local individuals and dignitaries, and we will acknowledge those members of the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre who have returned from Australia after helping with the fires.

On behalf of the members of the DUCW and the people of Australia, THANK YOU for joining us in helping those affected by these devastating bushfires, the impact of which will be felt long after the fires are extinguished.

  • Jenny Gates, Media and Communications — 204-228-9959
  • Peter Munn, President — 204-237-1805
  • Peter Debenham, CPA, CA, DUCW Treasurer — 204-955-0393
  • Charlie Powell, Silent Auction Coordinator — 204-806-6965
  • EMAIL — info@downunderclub.mb.ca

Yarn Dec 2019 – Jan 2020

The December-January edition of The Southern Yarn bridges the start of a new decade as we enter 2020. We’ve got reports on the not-so-formal dinner, the AGM, the Christmas party, and other club events, Give it a read, and we look forward to seeing you all next year. 

And here are some photos from the Christmas party that we could not fit into the Yarn.

Enjoy the photos.


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It’s Almost Time for the AFL Finals

Calling all fans of the AFL. The Winnipeg Bears is hosting the 5th Annual Grand Final Night Winnipeg at Boston Pizza Henderson, 1475 Henderson Hwy, on Friday September 27.

The event gets underway around 9:30 pm and will go until 2:00 am.

The Aussie Rules football grand final is the biggest event on the Australian Sporting Calendar, and will be broadcast live from Melbourne.

Our venue for the night will have the large projector screen going, with all the pre-game live music, and a rousing rendition of the Australian national anthem. Can we top last year’s effort?!?!

And not only is it fishbowl Friday, but we can double dip with the Bombers Home game being played earlier in the night!

Get excited, and see you at BP Henderson!

Texas Scramble golf tournament – Saturday August 24 2019

at The Players, 2695 Inkster Blvd.

Attention all DUCW members who have ever played golf. On Saturday August 24, we are having a different golf day than usual.  Our small, friendly tournament will be based on “Texas Scramble” rules, where every group is a team, and everyone in the group plays every shot, but from the position where the best ball of the group has landed.   So if you don’t make your best shot, just pick up your ball and walk over and shoot from where the best shot of the group landed.  No stress, all fun, and you are part of a team. To make the game as even as possible, we will allocate the teams based on everyone’s skill level, with the aim of having an even amount of different skill levels on each team. with no team being “stacked”. This Texas scramble will be for 9 holes, starting at 1pm at Shooters just off Inkster Boulevard, 1/2km west of Route 90, official address is 2695 Park Royale Way. Some folks like to play 18 holes, so there will be a stroke play mini tournament available prior to the Texas Scramble, starting at 11am.  Please call early, to let me know your intentions. – Peter Munn 204 237-1805. Continue reading

Farewell to our best mate, Gordon Keatch

It is with a heavy heart that we say farewell to our dear friend and best mate Gordon Keatch who, at age 95, passed away on June 25, 2019, after a fall at home. Gord was recovering in emergency for a few days and settling into an assisted living facility before he died.

Gord is survived by his sons, Ron (Janice) and Don (Sheila), grandchildren, Allison (Klaas), Erin (Patrick) and Michael (Gemma), and great-grandchildren, Ethan, Liam, Iris, Olivia and Mia. He was predeceased by his infant grandson Graham in 1977 and his wife Anne in 2007.

Born in Melbourne, Australia, Gord joined the Australian Air Force at age 18 and came to Winnipeg to train as a wireless operator. He met Anne during that time and they were married in Australia after the war ended. In 1949 they returned to Winnipeg where Gord started his business career.

He became Secretary Treasurer of Kipp Kelly Limited and enjoyed many years with this successful Winnipeg-based manufacturer and distributor, retiring in 1983. During that time, he served two terms as Trustee of the St. James School Division, followed by a term as Councillor for the City of St. James. He was a founder of the Down Under Club in 1950, greatly enjoyed his association, and was the last of the original members.

Gord was an avid golfer and had a long association with Niakwa Country Club, including serving as President. He and Anne enjoyed many winters travelling, particularly to Hawaii. Gordon had a special affinity for the theatre. He was President of MTC and a long-time supporter right up to the time of his passing.

Gordie was a Sinatra fan. As Ol’ Blues Eyes said, “I did it my way.”

In lieu of a funeral service, there will be a memorial reception for Gord on Thursday, August 8, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Winnipeg Squash Racquet Club, 275 Stradbrook Ave.
Flowers are gratefully declined, but if you would like, a donation to the Manitoba Theatre Centre, 174 Market Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3B 0P8, would be very much appreciated.

Thank you, Gord, for your friendship, your unique sense of humour and wit, your kind and welcoming nature, your commitment to the DUCW, and your generous spirit that bound us all together. We love you and we miss you. Rest easy, mate.