Ironmen hit par

IT is time to dust off your clubs and shine up your jack to take on the best and the rest at the Grafton Police Annual Ironman Day tomorrow. The ninth Ironman Challenge, which involves teams of three playing nine holes of golf and 18 ends of bowls, aims to raise $20,000 for the Northern Region Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. With 2007 marking the 25th anniversary of the Northern Region Helicopter, event organiser Senior Sergent Chris Tuite said he hoped to see a large crowd attend the charity day to celebrate the ongoing contribution of such an important service for the community. ??The 25th anniversary of the Westpac Helicopter service makes the Ironman Day a bit more special, its survival is assisted greatly by community donations from events like this one, so it would be good to see ?? people really get behind the day,?? he said. ??Over the past eight years the Ironman Day has raised in excess of $100,000 for the helicopter service, it??s a wonderful excuse for people to come along and have a really fun day. ??Thursday is going to be a really big day, there are 65 teams already signed up but we??ve got room for at least 19 more. It??s one of those things that attracts a good cross section of the community, you never know who you??ll meet.?? With some new sponsors on board for the 2007 event Tuite said there were some great prizes on offer, but with last year??s winners returning he expected the competition to be tough. ??I really want to give a special mention to the business houses of the Clarence Valley, Cummins Retravision, Harvey Norman and Mackelly??s are major sponsors for us this year. Retravision is a significant addition, as founder of Cummins Retravison Elton Cummins, was one of the driving forces behind founding the helicopter those 25 years ago,?? he said. ??It??s all very friendly. There are some great dress ups, I??ll never forget those crazy Scotsmen from last year on the beer trucks at the golf course. All that remains to say is come along and have a great day.?

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