Cheers to charity efforts
IT'S been described as a feat of endurance that makes a triathlon look like a primary school egg-and-spoon race. In other circles, it's simply "shocking". They're exaggerating of course. Members of a local team giving up "the drink" for a month are in fact committed to their cause.
Stewart and Jane Thompson, their university student daughter Rebekah, Belinda Bell and Jane Suttle have teamed up to raise $555 so far. Their team name? 'Goulburn dry by choice...sort of.'
Businesswoman Dianne Brown is winging it solo, and how, racking up $3200 at the midway point. So what exactly came over them? "It seemed like a good idea at the time," Mr Thompson quipped. Wife Jane added some insight. "It's a good cause and he needed to go on a diet," she said.
The fundraising is in fact close to their hearts. Jane's father passed away from cancer in New Zealand and the couple know plenty of people afflicted by the disease. Their team is hoping to raise $5000.
Dianne told the Post her aunt's double mastectomy prompted her to take part.
Despite the ribbing, the participants said giving up alcohol hasn't been difficult. "It's just a routine," Mrs Thompson said.
"But then we haven't been out to any challenging social situations". Soft drink, or the increasingly inventive 'mocktails' compensate for the occasional alcoholic beverage.
The reward for the committed July temperance society members at the end is a little social gathering with friends and supporters, and perhaps the odd tipple or two.
By Louise Thrower - 20th July, 2011