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9 February, 2021

Woodford RSL Tank Receives a Get Chopped Make-Over

THE Leopard Tank at the Woodford RSL Memorial Park not only reminds us of the sacrifices made by Australian Service men and women, it is also a draw card for tourists to our town.

Photo: Woodford RSL tank receives a Get Chopped make-over Woodford RSL Sub Brach Secretary Lyn Whatley and President Graham Bleakley with Darren Cardiff from Get Chopped

Some months ago Darren Cardiff from Get Chopped heard that the Woodford Sub Branch was on the lookout for someone to give the tank a much needed makeover after 10 years since its arrival  in Woodford.

After a conversation with Sub Branch PresidentGraham Bleakley, Darren promised to have the job done for Australia Day 2021. With his team of offsiders Steven Gilmore, Brendon Quirey andDarren Ridings, they completed the job on 25th January ready for Australia Day as promised.

Although restoration of vehicles is not new to Darren, de-rusting, removing flakey paint then repainting a tank was a whole new ball game. Locals may have become accustomed to seeing the tank, however, it is worthy of another visit to the picturesque Woodford Memorial Park and see what a brilliant job has been done with the restoration and take a minute to remember the sacrifices our service men and women have made. 

Woodford Golf Club hosted an Australia Day Charity Ambrose on Tuesday 26th January, raising funds for Abbigail Sweeper.

202 players took part in the Charity Day which consisted of a greenkeeper revenge challenge course, beat the golf professional and thong throwing. Over $1300 worth of donated goods were used for daily prizes and multidraw raffles. Thank you to all players and donors as well as  Richard, Ron and Anna for organising the day.

Although the figures aren't finalised, the club estimates it has raised approximately $5,500-$6,000 which will assist in covering medical costs for Abbie. Abbie is grandaughter to long-time Woodford Golf Club member Pam Sweeper. 

In July 2019, Abbie was at her local pony club and while competing in an event, Abbie fell from her horse and landed on her head. This caused severe spinal cord and brain damage (broken C1 & C2) resulting in her being a tetraplegic (no feeling from the neck down). Her recovery is ongoing, spending almost 12 months in PICU and she will require 24 hour care under two nurses for the rest of her life.

Thank you to the following sponsors: Betta Home Living Woodford, Woodford Hotel, Kilcoy Backyard Bling, Ledgers Country Butchery, Dartmoor Droughmasters, Kilcoy Global Foods, Woodford Barber Shop, Woodfloria, Clews News, Braisen Hussey, Jallas Cafe, Millawa Ranch, Jacob Boyce Golf, Anna Stanton Golf, Massagemix by Melissa, Kilcoy Rural, Woodford Home Timber and Hardware, Carmel Hendrie and Ashley/Alison Fisher for all of their donations!

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