Health services benefit from a Day on the Hill at Navarre

Navarre Football Netball Club conducted a successful Day on the Hill at Carmel-Lorlea that has resulted in significant donations being made to the new oncology unit at Stawell Regional Health and the dialysis centre at East Grampians Health Service.

A brainchild of former club president Joe Peacock and his wife Karen, a Day on the Hill originated with a meet the coaches day for the Navarre Football Club.

Carmel-Lorlea, named after Joe and Karen's daughters, has been the Peacock family property at Landsborough West for many years. The property, which has now been sold, last hosted the event back in 1993.

Mention was made of resurrecting a Day on the Hill after Navarre Football Netball Club won two premierships in the Maryborough Castlemaine District Football League in season 2014, senior football and netball.

The day was also a chance to recognise the change in ownership for the property.

Fortunately, most beverages were supplied thanks to the generosity of Kevin Sutherland and the Navarre social club, along with Frenchmans Valley Winery and Landsborough Vineyard.

A prawn entree was followed by home grown lamb chops, with steak and sausages from Newton's Butchers and salads supplied by the Comfort Inn Goldfields in Stawell.

Highlighting the day was a lolly drop for all the children by Graeme Boatman of Stawell Aviation Services, who donated his services.

A substantial raffle was conducted with several prizes donated locally. These included a dressed lamb from Chris Bibby, tool boxes from Stawell Farm Supplies, oil from Nick Zammit and prizes from the Landsborough Hotel and many other supporters.

This, coupled with donations on the day, saw a total of $3200 raised.

The club was delighted to make a donation of $2200 to the oncology department at Stawell Regional Health and $1000 to the dialysis unit at East Grampians Health Service.

Navarre club president, Andrew Murphy, joined with Mr Peacock in handing over the cheques last week.

While at Stawell Regional Health, they were taken on a tour of the new oncology unit, together with East Grampians Health Service's Director of Clinical Services, Peter Armstrong.

Mr Murphy said he was delighted with the outcome of the day and with the opportunity to support both health services.

"A lot of credit for the idea and the outcome must go to the Peacock family," Mr Murphy said.

"It really was a great day and a fantastic outcome. A win for all involved.

"Football clubs usually raise money for the operations of their club.

"We wanted to take it one step further and do something for the community as well. It comes back to supporting the community that we are a part of.

"Unfortunately, everyone will become familiar with both the oncology unit and dialysis centre in some way, whether it be themselves, a family member or a friend.

"It was fantastic to see so many people supporting the day, knowing the money was going to two excellent facilities.

"The community involvement was fantastic and what people did for us through donations was phenomenal.

"We really appreciated the support, which led to such a good outcome for Stawell Regional Health and East Grampians Health."

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