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40th Birthday Celebrations, Kate and Dr. Katie

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Kate with Dad & Mum and Dr. Katie – each reaching their 40 year milestone.

The ‘who’s who’ of Mollymook Milton Ulladulla turned up for this momentous occasion. Doctors, medical staff, Chemist, business people plus family member’s who travelled from Sydney and interstate, some local surf club member’s and a few humble ocean swimmers came together to share in the celebration of this milestone occasion, a common birthday shared by Kate and Dr. Katie. It was a beautiful night, lovely speeches and sumptuous food dishes devoured by guests.

 

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Mollymook champions on the bike, swimming and SUP’s

 

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CWA hospitality at Barellan (Pic credit Leonie)

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The finish line. (Pic sourced by Ian & Leonie)

 

Fundraising for MND Research

1. Mollymook marathon push-bike peddling champ, Ian gives a wrap up following the completion of their massive bike ride. Ian writes: “All 80 riders crossed the finishing line at Ariah Park on Saturday afternoon after a 130 km journey from Griffith. Fatigue and loss of concentration caused a few incidents but we all made it. l can tell you I am off the bike 🚴for awhile pending return to normal of certain parts of my lower anatomy returning to normal. 

We have been privileged to meet some amazing athletes (para Olympians/basketballers and footballers) on the journey. 

Last night at the Ariah Park  footy ground we had dinner with 300 others to wind up the ride and the great news was the event had generated over $450,000 to assist with research to find a cure for MND. The other great thing is our researchers are collaborating with other like minded  scientists throughout the world to help find a cure. 

Leonie and I look forward to catching up with you all on our return to home. Again thanks for all your good wishes and support.”

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Raising Funds for MND Research

 

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Ian McLeod, 78 year old from Narrawallee riding 100’s km fund raising.

 

Ian’s update: Quote “Hi all. The ride is going so well and the 80 riders are getting stronger as each day passes. Albury to Wagga was a cracker of a ride with mostly a howling wind at our backs. But the hills were still tough. I spent some kms in the van as I kept having punctures. Good timing actually!!

Thursday’s ride took us to Narrandera which was mostly good but 2 big climbs which spread out the pelotons considerably. 

Got to the bottom of my puncture problem….a tiny shard of glass which had pushed through the tyre. Off to Griffith tomorrow so will be sampling some good food and 🍷!!

Thrilled to say fund raising has gained momentum with the tally around $430,000. It is such a privilege to be involved with this MND charity. Regards from Ian and Leonie”.

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Glynis’ response: Sending lots of energy his way I’m sure the calories are flowing from the support team.

Wendy wrote: You are both truly amazing – Ian and Leonie. Your ongoing support for MND is a reflection of your characters and dedication to this cause. We are so proud of you both 👏. Happy cycling 🚴‍♂️ Ian and happy catering Leonie,  stay safe. Cheers Wen Jenner 😊

Dave wrote: Great to hear how Ian is going with his ride. It’s a huge effort. I’ve seen some photos of Mollymook and Narrawallee with huge surf. Hope to be back this weekend.  

 

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Fund Raiser for MND Research

 

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Ian providing information on his upcoming ‘PedalCure4FightMND’ 850 km ride around the Riverina.

 

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Laura gives a moving speech in regard to her MND fund raising experience

Fund Raiser for MND Research

Ian writes: “The Friday evening ‘do’ at our home was a great success in the  main due to the wonderful support given by you all. The weather caused a little concern but the happy atmosphere prevailed and nobody’s  spirits were too dampened.

The evening was touched with mixed emotions ranging from a having a good time to a few tears and everything in between. The reason for this was that I was allowed to use some local MND stories to highlight the terrible effects this disease can have. Firstly Max Woodward’s loss of his bubbly wife Jo and secondly Robbie’s loss of her God daughter(mother and athlete) at 44.

Then what a delight it was to have our very own Laura talk about her involvement with MND and the amazing 27km swim she did to raise lots of money for MND research. For someone who was terrified about public speaking, you did so well.

Mike and Lloyd provided wonderful background music and l think Christina and Jo would have loved to do a bit more dancing. Thanks to Mike and Lloyd.

I think we all had a good time with good food and company abounding.

I would like to say the Mollymook Swimmers have been wonderful contributors to the MND cause and I thank you for your support.

My dear wife Leonie and her helpers, thanks for making the evening so special.

Regards to all. I’ll pedal long and hard to support MND”. Link: MND Fund Raiser

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Mollymook Swimmers, news update.

 

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Tony (right, doing swim leg) and Dave (to follow in the board rescue), were the raging HOT favourites for this Board Rescue Event

 

Mollymook Ocean Swimmers at the NSW Country Surf Titles

 

A number of the Mollymook Ocean swimmers were part of the 1000 plus competitors who took part in last weekends NSW country surf titles at Cape Hawke beach, Foster. One of the stand out events was the men’s board rescue. In an absolute ‘boil-over’ veterans Robbie Scott and Paul Jones pull off a massive upset defeating the raging favourites Tony Ireland and Dave Tudor-Jones. 

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Bird Life, Inland New South Wales

 

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Waterbag Road, Mutawintji

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Rescuing a lamb in trouble on the dirt road to Mutawintji

 

Bird Life, Inland New South Wales

October 11, arrived allowing regional travel to begin. I immediately left Mollymook and travelled to the Mutawintji National Park. Exiting the sealed roads, you have about  a 1 & 1/2 hour drive along the dirt Waterbag Road through numerous huge sheep stations, opening and closing cattle gates, other stations were separated merely by cattle grids en route to the Mutawintji National Park. Mutawintji is in Far Western NSW, approx.  130 km from Broken Hill and 350 km from Tibooburra. The ancient landscape of the Mutawintji National Park, is rich in Aboriginal history. Great  bushwalks and camping under the outback night sky.

I returned via Boorowa. Every entry into Boorowa has signage; “Superb Parrot, Superb Country, Welcome to Boorowa”. In the past 30 years driving through Boorowa I had never seen a Superb Parrot. Neither had a friend who grew up in Boorowa. So I just thought the signage to be a bit of nice advertising. The weather was not good, I parked at the Caravan Park, awoke in the morning to showers and an overcast sky and decided to pack up and go home rather than stay a day. Then, SWOOSH! The noise of about 50 or 60 Superb Parrots went overhead and landed in this tree next to the caravan park that was heavy in blossom.

The following week in beautiful weather, blue skies, ideal for bird photography, I took off on another trip out West. My first stop was the Boorowa Caravan Park hoping to get some good pics of the Superb Parrot. The tree that had been heavy in blossom had been stripped bare. Not a Parrot to be seen. So I headed to Young, not far from Boorowa and came across flocks of Superb Parrot’s. Thereafter I headed to Grenfell, then Forbes, the following day to Cowra, back to Boorowa then onto Jugiong. Then to the Yass River and gorge area on the way home. 

The following pics below, are just a few of the many bird pics taken. Nonetheless they will give you an idea of the different varieties inland as compared to here on the coast.

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Bird Life, outback Queensland

 

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John shares these bird pics from Queensland.

Johnny Sarich (nee Smeeth) the originator of the Mollymook Ocean swim group and now settled in Charleville Queensland shares these bird pics he has taken on his travels throughout Queensland’s outback areas, enjoying life and hasn’t been locked down like us here in N.S.W.

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The Castle, Morton National Park

 

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The Castle, Morton National Park

 

The Castle, the iconic peak of Morton National Park.

The Castle is a spectacular and challenging day walk to one of the iconic peaks of Morton National Park. While the total distance is not large, the climb is capped by a series of exposed scrambles near the summit. Good fitness, coupled with a head for heights is required. The walk is not recommended when wet as the scrambles would be quite difficult and dangerous.

The walk is best from late autumn to early spring, as the cool weather allows for a more pleasant climbing temperature.

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Arrival of Daylight saving in lockdown

 

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Sunrise at Mollymook on the first day of Daylight saving

 

Daylight saving arrives during these last days of lockdown

Tim provides us with some Mollymook Ocean swimming stats for September and Fiona gives us an insight into what she does to fill in her day during lockdown in Sydney.

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Who is doing what during lockdown?

 

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Sunrise at Mollymook Beach last week, during COVID Lockdown

 

A catch up on ‘who is doing what’ to fill in their time during the COVID lockdown

 

Today’s news come to you from Agnes water / 1770 Qld., Lockhart, country NSW and Dave at the re-opening of the Dawn Fraser pool at Balmain.

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Kate’s life in lockdown

 

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Andrew (top) and Kate (bottom right in pic) with some of their rescue dogs.

 

Staying connected: Kate’s story with ‘Rescue Dogs’

 

Ken’s introduction: In today’s post, swimmers will get a glimpse of some of the beautiful qualities of character that lie within Kate and Andrew’s lovely nature. We generally just see what is on the surface, swimmers in good physical condition and etc. Seldom do people open up and begin to reveal their hidden inner self. Today, thanks to Kate, we will see two people who contribute in their own selfless way, to make this a better place. Both have very senior executive/management roles at work, but also have time to make a difference, in their own unique way.

Below, is a MUST read story!

 

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Grant in Lockdown

 

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Surf; out the back of Grant’s ‘Chateau Morrow’ property. (Therese’s pic)

 

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6.00 am early morning swim

What’s Grant up to during lock down?

 

Things are almost normal for Grant during lockdown. Swim in the morning (in two’s) and then working at home as normal 7 days a week. At this time of the year he is busy attending to his bee hives and extracting stacks of honey. However, besides his bee keeping interest, he is busy preparing his mansion to place it on the accommodation rental market for special events, weddings and holiday bookings. (Grant, a master builder, designed and built ‘Chateau Morrow’)

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8.00 am Grant, work as normal