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Volunteer Amelia Izutsu, from Brisbane, with the beach volleyball signed by Commonwealth Games silver medallist Taliqua Clancy which raised $400 during the celebrity auction

July 30, 2018

The final figures are still being added up, but with about 300 tickets sold – plus successful auctions – the annual Dinner With The Captains for Relay For Life looks to have been another successful night for the organising team.

The guest captains this year were Commonwealth Games gold medallist swimmer Lisa Forrest, former Australian Rugby Union captain Mark Ella and retired Test cricket great Ian Healy.

They were interviewed on stage by former South Burnett Mayor and current CROW-FM Sunday announcer Wayne Kratzmann, a regular at the annual fundraising dinner.

Lisa Forrest shared her career highlights – and lowlights – plus the pressure that had been put on her as captain (at age 16!) at the controversial 1980 Moscow Olympics by the media, receiving death threats on the telephone, and how watching “Rocky III” (and listening to its theme, “Eye Of The Tiger”) changed her mindset ahead of the 1982 Brisbane Commonwealth Games where she won two gold medals.

Mark Ella spoke about his illustrious career – from Matraville State School, to playing for Randwick and Australia (and how he and his twin brother Glen tricked reporters in France!).

Ian Healy – one of Australia’s greatest ever wicket-keepers – could not escape questions about Australia’s recent ball-tampering scandal.

Healy, who grew up in Biloela, also recalled that he had been invited to attend the official opening of the Kingaroy Cricket Club 30 years ago, when he received the call-up to the Australian team, which prompted the following exchange on the phone:

“You’re in!”

“Yeah, I know, I’m going to Kingaroy.” 

“No, you’re going to Pakistan …”

[email protected]#$%^&”

The annual dinner always packs out Kingaroy Town Hall, and Saturday’s night’s event was no exception.

The two-course meal was prepared by local chef Jimmy Stephen with assistance from Jason Ford and his team of hospitality students from Kingaroy TAFE.

Students from Kingaroy, Nanango and Murgon State high schools and St Mary’s Catholic College waited on tables and took drinks orders.

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South Burnett Relay For Life chairwoman Rowena Dionysius said 26 teams had entered the 2018 Relay so far, but she was hoping to finally have about 40 taking part.

“In a few weeks we will have half-price registration – so keep an eye on our Facebook page,” she said.

The aim was to raise more than $140,000 again, and at least $23,000 had already been banked.

The 2018 South Burnett Relay For Life will be held on October 13-14 at Kingaroy Showground.

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Live Auction Results

The live auction was conducted on stage by former Kingaroy auctioneer Dennis Cotter, who once again returned from Papua New Guinea especially for the night.

  • Two tickets to Day 3 Australia v Sri Lanka Test Match + lunch, drinks and accommodation – $650
  • Advertising package with CROW-FM – $2500
  • Relay For Life purple cricket balls – 8 x $200 each
  • Your Big Party at Kingaroy Hotel Motel with RiSA + finger food – $1050
  • Jeff Horn signed boxing gloves – $1200
  • Jeff Horn “The Hornet” signed T-shirt – $350
  • Beach volleyball, signed by Taliqua Clancy, Mariafe Artacho de Solar, Damien Schumann and Christopher McHugh – $400
  • Mini cricket set, signed by Ian Healy, Darren Lehmann, Brett Lee, Jason Gillespie, Glenn McGrath and Carl Rackemann – $900
  • Greg Norman signed and framed memorabilia – $500
  • Wally Lewis signed and framed memorabilia – $1100
  • Eight-seat box at Pat Rafter Arena for Brisbane International Tennis night session (Jan 1) – $1450

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Silent Auction Results

  • Framed photo with three captains – $226
  • 10-seat open air box at Day 2 or Day 3 Australia v Sri Lanka Test Match -$1150
  • Four tickets to Broncos v Rabbitohs (Aug 16) – $500
  • Bottle of RAMU Rum signed by three captains – 2 x $276 each
  • 1960 Rome Olympics poster, signed by Bill Roycroft – $300
  • Signed and framed photo of Stirling Moss – $330
  • Mobile kitchen bench (handmade by Barney Wyatt) – $300
  • Patchwork quilt (handmade by Megan Angel) – $150
  • Four tickets to Bon Jovi concert (Dec 6) – $650

As well as the two auctions, there was also a multi-draw raffle – with more than 4000 tickets sold – with the lucky tickets drawn out of the barrel on stage by 2018 Face Of Relay, Sue Cox, from Nanango.

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Lisa Forrest shared the ups – and the one big down – of her swimming career as well as how she got on top of her doubts and fears

Rugby Union great Mark Ella took the audience right back to his days at Matraville High School

Ian Healy shared his thoughts about Test cricket … then and now, and the recent media shake-up over rights

Another guest speaker on the night was Meaghan Bush, the General Manager for Fundraising, Marketing and Communication for the Queensland Cancer Council … she shared the alarming fact that one person is diagnosed with cancer in Australia every 20 minutes

Some of the Relay For Life “pirates” helping out on the night … from left, Decklin Jones, Eleanor Nicholson, dinner committee member Frances Wyeth, Lyn Hill, Carol Newson and dinner committee member Robyn Broomhall

Helping out on the tables were (at back) TAFE Hospitality students Lydia Ford and Maddi Baldwin, and Kingaroy SHS students Kamorl Petersen-Jiamtsu and Non Inoue

South Burnett Relay For Life chairwoman Rowena Dionysius and 2018 Face Of Relay Sue Cox, who drew the raffle winners

Working hard behind the scenes … chefs Jason Ford and Jimmy Stephen (Photo: Denise Keelan Photography)

Sharing the compering duties on stage … interviewer Wayne Kratzmann and Dinner With The Captains organising committee chairman Carl Rackemann

Wayne Kratzmann puts the spotlight on rugby union superstar Mark Ella

Auctioneer Dennis Cotter worked his magic on the live auction of celebrity goods

Natalie McCormick and Jason Koy … Jason is manager of the Kingaroy Telstra Store, the major sponsor

Rod Dionysius, from Raine and Horne in Kingaroy, with Captains Dinner regular Rosie Schmidt, also from Kingaroy

Keeping it in the family … volunteer Natalie Crumpton helps clear the plates away from her father Sonie’s table

Rugby Union great Mark Ella, AM with 2015 Face Of Relay Eric Law, AM

Guest speakers Ian Healy and Lisa Forrest

Margaret and Winston Burrows, from Wondai, with CROW-FM breakfast announcer Ian “Corky” Corcoran

Colin and Jenny Badrick, from Kingaroy, were enjoying the dinner and listening to the guest speakers

Simon Neal, who was working hard behind the scenes all night to keep everything technical running smoothly, with Kym Zischke, Shaz Birkett and Clare and Rob Fitz-Herbert

There was a large police presence on the night, all having fun, of course … Rob Firman (Kingaroy) and Alan Gerrard (Murgon)


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