HELPING HAND: Clarence Valley Vietnam Veterans Peace Keeper and Peacemakers Association president Ron Shoebridge, Grafton Base Hospital Children’s Ward nurse unit manager Amanda Fryer, and Ollie and Bella Byrnes with the new TV the Vietnam Veterans Association donated to the Children’s Ward. Photo: JoJo Newby
HELPING HAND: Clarence Valley Vietnam Veterans Peace Keeper and Peacemakers Association president Ron Shoebridge, Grafton Base Hospital Children’s Ward nurse unit manager Amanda Fryer, and Ollie and Bella Byrnes with the new TV the Vietnam Veterans Association donated to the Children’s Ward. Photo: JoJo Newby

Vietnam veterans group helps out children’s ward

WHEN Ron Shoebridge's son, Ben, broke his arm in 1996, Mr Shoebridge

realised the importance of the Grafton Base Hospital Children's Ward.

He also recognised the lack of entertainment for kids and their parents

staying in the hospital.

"I saw the number of kids who went in and out of there. They had nothing to break the monotony of being in hospital" Mr

Shoebridge said.

The Clarence Valley Vietnam Veterans Peace Keeper and Peacemakers Association president said this prompted him to organise fundraising to improve the ward.

"In 1996, I started a charity bowls day with the Vietnam Veterans Association," Mr Shoebridge said.

"Since then, we've held one every year and donated the funds to various local charities and causes."

The association has long been donating funds and goods to groups such as The Salvation Army, local schools, GDSC Pipe Band, and Meals on Wheels.

"This time around we've donated a 50-inch television to the Children's Ward," Mr Shoebridge said.

"Cummings Electrical was very good; they came to the party with a very good price for the TV.

"I've gotta say, the Clarence Valley is a very supportive and generous community."

The Vietnam Veterans Association will hold a charity bowls day on Sunday, November 3, starting at 8.30am.

Cost is $15 a player.

Phone Ron on 6643 4394 for more information.



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