FUNDRAISERS: Toowoomba Hospice's Mark Munro and Rotary Toowoomba East's John Lily look on as sponsor Ivan Walls of Alpine Refrigeration and Hospice chairman Graham Barron OAM get in a few early golf swings.
FUNDRAISERS: Toowoomba Hospice's Mark Munro and Rotary Toowoomba East's John Lily look on as sponsor Ivan Walls of Alpine Refrigeration and Hospice chairman Graham Barron OAM get in a few early golf swings.

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WE WILL host a charity tombola on Friday, May 17, at the facility at 69 Stenner St.

Guests can enjoy morning tea from 9.30am before the tombola begins at 10am. All funds raised will go towards residents' activities.



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WE MEET on the third Monday of the month at Drayton Bowls Club, cnr Ball and Gipps Sts at 9.30am. A cost of $7 includes morning tea. There is a bring-and-buy stall and lots of raffles, as well as a guest speaker.

Monthly bus trips are held on the fourth Tuesday of the month. For more information phone Hazel on 07 4635 4519.



Morning teas are held on the first Thursday of each month at All Seasons Function Centre, cnr North and Tor Sts, Wilsonton, commencing at 9.30am.

Lucky door and raffle prizes can be won. Visitors welcome. Our bus trips are the third Thursday of the month.

For information, phone Desma on 07 4613 6750 or Yvonne 0419 220 073.


MEMBERSHIP fees - one membership level only. $90* for 12 months.

Pro-rata rates per quarter (*includes basic NMRA membership) = $30 for public liability insurance). Email: toowoombamodel or to Facebook - Toowoomba Model Railway Club.


ON FRIDAY morning May 10, the Rotary Club of Toowoomba East will hold its 11th annual Charity Golf Day at Toowoomba Golf Club Middle Ridge. Money from this event will go towards the Toowoomba Hospice.

If you are interested in being a sponsor or putting in a team, phone Rotarians John Liley on 0408 457 762 or Graham Christensen on 0408 350 518.


WE WILL be hosting a Mother's Day Trivia event in Clifton at the Club Hotel on Saturday, May 11, from 2pm for a 2.30pm start. Hospice administration and fundraising manager Mark Munro said it was all about putting the 'fun' back into FUNdraising.

There will be six rounds of 10 trivia questions with an interval after the third, when afternoon tea will be served. There will be prizes for the winners, lucky last, best hat and lucky door. Cost is $25 per person (six people to a team), with only eight teams competing.

You can arrive early and have a few drinks before, as well as stay for dinner after the trivia. You can bribe the adjudicator for an answer for $5, plus you will need some gold coins for the lucky number boards. The Toowoomba Hospice is in O'Quinn St and provides free quality care in partnership with the community for those with a terminal illness.

To book your team phone the Club Hotel Clifton on 07 4697 3336.


PEOPLE experience grief in many ways. It is normal for bereavement to bring with it a mixture of intense feelings of sadness, confusion, anger, guilt and fear as well as fond memories of happier times.

Blue Care recognises that some people may need extra support during this journey and since 1990 has been conducting specialised Grief and Loss programs for people who have experienced the loss of a loved one. The Blue Care Grief and Loss program aims to provide information on the grief process as well as offering practical advice and effective coping skills, while providing emotional and social support. The program runs as a small group, meeting for two hours each week for eight consecutive weeks, usually on Blue Care premises.

There is no cost for the program and the trained facilitators volunteer their time to the program, recognising the individual and community benefit it provides. Programs are scheduled in Toowoomba, Stanthorpe, Warwick and Kingaroy throughout the year. The next Toowoomba program commences on Thursday, May 9, from 9.30-11.30am.

For more information or to register your interest phone Margaret Spinks on 0491 071 787, or email bluecare.grief.loss@


ON WEDNESDAY, May 8, from 9.45-11.30am, the Toowoomba Hospice will hold its annual Mother's Day High Tea at Gip's Restaurant.

Enjoy a delicious high tea with your mum or grandmother for only $45 per person. There will also be a small raffle to raise funds for the Toowoomba Hospice so bring your gold coins. The Toowoomba Hospice is situated in Harristown and has provided free palliative and respite care based on mutual respect, trust and individual needs for more than 800 mothers since opening in 2003.

For bookings, phone Gips Restaurant on 07 4638 3588.


BILL Bolton's Vision - 60 Years on, is exhibiting at the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery now through until July 21 at 531 Ruthven St, Toowoomba. Special Sunday session - Sunday, May 12, at 1.30pm - Bush poetry in motion: Bill Bolton and the painter Ivor Hele, presented by Jayson Althofer.

Phone 07 4688 6652 for more details.


FROM Wednesday, July 17, to Sunday, July 21, at the University of Queensland - Gatton Campus.

Cost for five-day package: $860. Includes all meals and accommodation. Weekend options available. Other packages available, which exclude meals and accommodation. No three-day rate, no other daily rates. There will be only set pick-up times. Workshop times: Wednesday to Saturday from 9.30am-9pm for and Sunday 9.30am-2pm.

Register online via the workshops link at or email for more information.

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