Cathie’s Column: State of Origin charity luncheon

LEGENDARY Balmain half back Gary Freeman (pictured) and former NSW enforcer Mark ‘Spud’ Carroll are special guests at this year’s annual Adam Gardiner Fund State of Origin Charity Sportsmen’s Luncheon on Friday June 8 at Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club from 12 noon.

Both will join ex-Queensland prop Darryl ‘The Big Marn’ Brohman on an expert panel who’ll debate State against State, mate against mate and relive Origin tales.

Tickets $120 include three course meal and beverages of local beer, wine and soft drinks and are available at club reception. Tables of ten available.

Early bird special of $100 per person if paid by May 15.

Entertainment by popular comedian Mick Colliss.

The Adam Gardiner Fund Inc supports research into Amyloidosis. Additional funds raised will be directed to the Institute for Immunology and Allergy Research at Westmead Hospital.

All bookings to be confirmed and paid for by May 31. If you would like to attend the luncheon contact Trish Gardiner-Wilson 0408 355 553 if you require an invoice or Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club either by phone 9807 2444 or call in to reception to pay by credit card.


Biggest Morning Tea at St Ambrose School

Inner West local Fernanda Cicciari (pictured right with sister Filomena) has hosted an Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea for the past nine years in memory of her father who she lost to bowel cancer in 2008.

This year, Fernanda is hosting her 10th annual Biggest Morning Tea atÊ St Ambrose Primary School in Concord West on Friday May 25.

The Morning Tea will feature an exciting raffle, delicious sweet treats, silent auctions and plenty of activities to keep attendees entertained. She hopes to raise $15,000 this year to help those affected by cancer.


Bush Music Folk Dance

BUSH Music Club will hold its next Bush/Folk Dance with J H Dance Band this Saturday May 5 in Beecroft Community Centre from 7.30pm to 11.30pm.

Spot-prizes, supper provided, walked-through and ‘called’ dancing plus fun socialising. Little or no experience is necessary; others will assist.

Wear your casual clothing and dancing shoes. Tickets adults $19; concession $17; $14 (BMC members) or $39 family. Join BMC at the door and save. Families, singles, couples and groups are most welcome.

Annual Heritage Ball – themed ‘Convict to Land-owner’ – will be held on Saturday May 19 in Ermington Community Centre from 7pm to 12 noon. BMC organise bush/folk/social dance workshops on Mondays in Pennant Hills Community Centre lower hall from 7.30p to 9.30pm. First session is free, then $7 and includes light refreshments. All dances for up-coming events are taught before-hand.


Concord Craft Market bargains

With Mothers Day fast approaching now is an ideal time to visit Concord Craft Market this Saturday May 5 at the Community Centre, corner Wellbank & Bent streets, Concord from 9am to 1.30pm.

You’ll find unique gifts, jewellery, handmade babies and children’s wear, plants, homemade cakes, biscuits, honey and jams, greeting cards and more. FREE morning tea with sales of $10 or more from any stall. New stallholders welcome. Enquiries Josephine 9772 0034; 0413 590716 or Adele 0422 9268567.


Invitation to the Dance

Talented pianist Paul Weaver and duo pianist Bruce Wilson present Invitation to the Dance this Sunday May 6 – an afternoon of enjoyable piano music in St AlbanÕs Anglican Church hall, Pembroke Street, Epping at 2.30pm.

Music by Bach & Chopin; Debussy & Weber; Brahms & Strauss; waltzes and tangos; gavotte and bourree, polkas and more. Suggested donation $15 with proceeds to support the ministry of Rough Edges at St John’s Darlinghurst, assisting people in need around Kings Cross. Proceeds from last Sunday’s concert at Alan Walker Village Carlingford to support Eastwood Christian Community Aid.


Presbyterian Women Fashion

A parade of Stafford Fashions will be held on Thursday May 10 in the Presbyterian Church Hall, corner Victoria and Pittwater Roads, Gladesville at 10.30am.

Preceded by morning tea at 10am. Bookings/enquiries Pauline Taylor 9807 5199.


Macquarie Hospital Market Day

Macquarie Hospital Patient Fundraising Market Day will be held on Thursday May 3 at Macquarie Hospital, entry Wicks Road, North Ryde from 11am to 2pm.

Just in time for Mothers Day. Stalls include novelty, plants, jewellery, bric-a-brac with lots of gifts for Mothers Day.

There’ll be a raffle and gourmet barbecue. All welcome. Enquiries Ann Fiorito 98875943 or 0411728452.


Your Chamber of Commerce Meets

EPPING: Chamber enquiries President Tony Hackett 9869-8900; 0418 413 226 or secretary Betty Ockerlander 8876-5888.

EASTWOOD: Meet second Monday each month. Next meeting May 14. Enquiries president Vic Tagg 0412 369 510 or secretary Steve Colquhoun 9874-0221.

GLADESVILLE: Meet third Tuesday each month. Next meeting May 15. Enquiries secretary Maria Zappia o401 158 307 or email: [email protected]

WEST RYDE: Enquiries President Nora Etmekdjian 0417 699 955.

DRUMMOYNE: Meet first Wednesday each month. Next meeting May 2. Enquiries Secretary Alex Elliott 0438 774 323 or Vice President Paul Harcombe 0438 089 900.

RIVERSIDE BUSINESS CHAMBER: Business After Hours Monday May 7 hosted by Arthritis & Osteoporosis NSW, Level 1 Suite 1/15, 32 Delhi Road, North Ryde from 5.30pm to 7pm. Enquiries Sabrina Ferguson 9952-8498.


Salvation Army Trivia Night

The Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal Ryde & Hunters Hill Zones have organised a Trivia Night on Friday May 11 at Ryde Salvation Army Unit, 5/112 Talavera Road Macquarie Park.

Doors open at 7pm – trivia starts at 7.30pm.

Bring a team or join a table. Tickets $20 per head or $160 for table of eight. Finger food provided, soft drinks by donation. Enquiries 9887-1147 or email: [email protected]


Bab Sharkey & Animal Mummies

Meet the creators of the hilarious new children’s series Bab Sharkey and the Animal Mummies! at a book signing this Friday May 4 at The ChildrenÕs Bookshop, 6 Hannah Street, Beecroft at 4.15pm.

Get to know Bab Sharkey, Scaler, Prong, Cainus and the evil undead sorceress The Unpharaoh who shoots fireballs – from her nostrils! With readings, music and the chance to make your own Pharoah’s beard, you are guaranteed to go home wanting more mummies. Enquiries 9481-8811.


Hunters Hill Toastmasters 20th Anniversary Dinner

Happy Hunters Hill Toastmasters will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a special dinner on Saturday May 26 at the Hunters Hill Club, 12-20 Madeline Street, Hunters Hill from 6.30pm to 9.30pm.

Catch up with old toastmasters and new and partake in a sumptuous two course meal, hear some great speakers and try your hand at table topics.

Tickets $60 per head. For more information and payment advice see

RSVP to Daniel Tucker 0421 655 208 or email: [email protected]