Ouse community spirit in the News

THE first of the new fortnightly format New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News is on the streets tomorrow (Friday), offering readers another 28 pages of purely local news. Among the items in the paper is the story of the amazing effort by the Ouse community in raising nearly $10,000 for a cause very close to local hearts.

The Ouse District School, wider Derwent Valley community and friends and family of 10-year-old Matthew Hall pulled out all the stops during May and June to raise funds and awareness of neurofibromatosis. Matthew lives with the condition, also called NF, which causes tumours to form on nerve cells throughout the body, including the brain and spine. There are limited treatment options and no known cure. Matthew is pictured, above, at school with his mate Riley Briggs, 8.

“Matthew’s mum asked if we would sell ribbons for NF Month, but I thought we could do more,” Matthew’s teacher Vanessa Triffitt said. “More” ended up being a raffle with prizes worth more than $2000, and a mega “guess the number of lollies” jar. The total money raised was $9608. Mikayla Lovell correctly guessed there were 1058 lollies in the jar, and the raffle winners were Matt Nichols, Ron Foster, Brodie McCallum, Lyn Brown, Neil Booth and Susan from Gretna.

The school very much appreciates the support of the following – Raffle prizes worth $2173 donated by: JMC Service Centre Derwent Park, Pennicott Adventures, Cradle Mountain Lodge, Tarreleah Lodge, Britney White’s Bliss Scents, Guardian Pharmacy New Norfolk; Bunnings Warehouse Glenorchy, Williams Mitre 10, Lawrenny Distillery, RE Clark and Sons Butchers, Lyn at Lachlan Hotel Ouse, Bec at Ouse Post Office, BWS New Norfolk, BCF Moonah, Bonorong Park, Tahune Airwalk, Wrest Point Revolving Restaurant, Bush Inn Hotel, New Norfolk Newsagency, Woolworths New Norfolk, Putters Adventure Golf, Parks and Widlife; Guess the Lollies: Coles Bridgewater, Fairview IGA Express. Community support selling tickets and lolly guesses: Lachlan Hotel Ouse, Ouse Post Office, Kim Hutchinson and Debbie Hall from Central Highlands Community Health Centre, Central Highlands Council, Ouse Roadhouse, Castle Hotel Bothwell, Gretna Green Hotel, Hamilton Inn, New Norfolk Hotel.

After a year as a monthly publication, the print edition of New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News tomorrow moves to a fortnightly schedule. The newspaper will now be published every second Friday, available for $2 at all the usual outlets. We thank all contributors, readers, advertisers and paper-sellers for the support received in the paper’s first 12 months, which has encouraged us to change from monthly to fortnightly.

The monthly magazine-style sections of the newspaper will be spread across the fortnightly issues. New features include a two-week TV guide and new columnists. Tomorrow’s issue is another bumper 28-page paper with nearly 50 individual items. We also have the best school holiday guide around, with details of the offerings from Communities for Children, St Brigid’s Catholic School, and the New Norfolk Library.

Matthew Martin displaying a copy of the New Norfolk News
New Norfolk Newsagent Matthew Martin displaying a copy of New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News.

Derwent Valley shops stocking the paper include the New Norfolk Newsagency, New Norfolk Foodmarket, Eagle Snack Bar, New Norfolk IGA, Mood Food New Norfolk, Bushy Park Roadhouse, Westerway Roadhouse, Fika Time Cafe Maydena, Ellendale Post Office, Hamilton Post Office and the Bothwell Supermarket.

Other sellers include the Lagoon Store, Granton; Claremont Newsagency; Kingston Nextra; Glenorchy Central News; Moonah News, New Town Plaza, Elizabeth Mall News and Salamanca News. You can even pick up a copy at the Longford Newsagency.

Readers in any part of Tasmania can ask their preferred newsagency to order them a copy via the Mercury as the distribution agent. New Norfolk residents can ask the Norfolk Newsagency to organise for a paper seller to visit within the town boundaries. More distant readers might prefer to download a copy from newnorfolknews.com.

The ongoing support of readers and advertisers is greatly appreciated. Feedback on the paper is invited by emailing damian@newnorfolknews.com

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