Once again, a little band of volunteers, led by Alan Steel, headed north in a convoy to collect Christmas trees for the first weekend of our annual fundraiser for the club. While the weather looked ominous around the Macedon Ranges, by the time we had reached the farm, things had brightened up. While the trees were not as big as in years gone by, a fact appreciated by at least one member of the crew (me!), they were great quality. A total of 251 trees were loaded and trucked back to Melboume, with the obligatory pit stop at the Woodened Bakery for the legendary lamb, gravy and mint sauce rolls, and “snot blocks” for dessert. Many thanks to Alan for organizing transport and logistics, new ERUFC Life Member Roger lacobucci (Trees RUs) for providing staff to help, and Monty Higginson-Ford, Bennie van der Merwe and Aisea “Wise” Naulago for muscle!
Despite some miserable weather on Saturday afternoon, we achieved good sales on the day (139 trees): by early Sunday aftemoon we had sold all 251 trees! This could only be achieved through the dedicated efforts of our club volunteers covering a variety of activities including early-morning positioning of signs, sales, deliveries, coffee runs and volunteer nourishment (Ange’s sausage rolls a hit with volunteers and the occasional lucky customer). A big thanks to Alan Steel, Sylvia Metcalfe, Ange and Mark Southwood, Shane and Ashton Slater, Russell Dunn, Rob Sprackman, Ari and Ben Sua, Richard Norton and his sons (Samuel, Xavier, Gabriel and Henry), Xavier Kvalic, Russ, Cath and Ben Hurdle, Monty, Lloyd Thomas, and Graeme Medley.
TIM ADAMS (LIFE MEMBER AND INTERIM CLUB PRESIDENT 2024)