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18 Oct. 2014 12–7pm
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• Local wine stalls
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• Food stalls
• Live entertainment
• Free bus service
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AMATEUR triathlete Sarah
Kuchel, of Waikerie, is using her
cycling skills to raise money for the
Children's Medical Research Institute
Mrs Kuchel first participated in
the Great Cycle Challenge last year,
when she rode 740km and raised $1750
towards research into treatments and
a cure for childhood cancer.
Her initial aim had been to ride
500km and raise at least $250.
"I was blown away by the
generosity," she said.
This year, Mrs Kuchel said she
hoped to again ride hundreds of
kilometres in support of a worthy
Her other achievements have
this year included running a half
marathon at the Barossa Running
Festival in May, a full marathon at
the Adelaide Running Festival in
August and the 12km City to Bay
As secretary of the newly formed
Riverland Triathlon Club, Mrs Kuchel
is helping to raise awareness of the
club's existence and benefits.
The club currently has more than
20 members registered from across
the Riverland and Sunraysia, and will
be supporting the 'come and try' event
during the Murray Man Triathlon at
Barmera next month.
Mrs Kuchel will be among the
triathlon's competitors and is gearing
up for the long course -- a 2km swim,
80km ride and 20km run.
She said the support of husband
Karl and sons Ashley, 5, and Beau,
3, had made all the difference in
pursuing her sporting interests.
For more information about the
Riverland Triathlon Club, visit the
Facebook page (www.facebook.com/
To support Sarah in the Great Cycle
Challenge, details can be found on the
Sarah's athletic effort
WAIKERIE woman Sarah Kuchel will
compete in next month's Murray Man
Triathlon at Barmera, and is currently
raising money for children's medical
research as part of the Great Cycle
Challenge. PHOTO: Jayme Koch
education or job
opportunities, along with
seniors wanting better
access to hobbies and
government services, are
being invited to sign up for
free courses at the Waikerie
The centre, which is run
by ac.care, recently received
a $15,000 Adult Community
Education (ACE) Foundation
Skills grant towards running
entry-level training for adults.
An information technology
course is set to begin on
Monday, subject to a tutor and
participants being confirmed.
Other courses will begin
after at least six people are
registered, and will include
cooking, budgeting and internet
security and applications.
Waikerie Community Centre
co-ordinator Heather Burton
said the four-week and six-week
courses would run for about
two hours --- from mid-morning
"We want people to register
with us for the courses so we
can contact them as soon as
we've got enough enrolments,"
"We're offering them for
free this term to see whether it
makes a significance difference
Contact the Waikerie
Community Centre (8541 2081)
for more information.
OXFORD Landing held a charity run from its winery to vineyard to raise money for the Cancer Council.
Pictured are participants exiting the ferry at Morgan.
Charity run raises
$160k for cancer
A CHARITY run from Oxford Landing's
winery in Nuriootpa to its vineyard near
Waikerie raised $160,000 for the Cancer
Council on the weekend.
The event was the idea of winery manager
Ashley Ratcliff, whose father and close friend
both died from cancer.
The Oxford to Oxford challenge was a
weekend-long event on a dirt track, and people
had the option to run, walk or cycle.
Oxford Landing marketing manager
Olivia Barrie said she was blown away by the
"It was absolutely brilliant," she said.
"The track was great. It was a challenge but
that's what we wanted.
"The first 20km was uphill, so it was a hard
"There were some people who just flew
through the course.
"The spirit of the people who participated
Mrs Barrie said the challenge started with a
fundraising target of $10,000, which was quickly
"We originally thought of having 10 teams
and raise $1000 each," she said. "But it grew and
grew and we ended up with 20 teams that raised
$160,000 for the Cancer Council.
"I think it is one of the largest amounts
that the Cancer Council has received from an
independent fundraiser. The $160,000 will be able
to help so many people."
More than 300 people were involved in the
event, which included 262 registered participants
and 40 volunteers.
Morgan hosted a dinner with live
entertainment for people involved in the
fundraiser on Saturday night.
Mrs Barrie said the event promoted the
Riverland to other areas of the state.
"It was a good way to connect people from the
Barossa Valley to the Riverland," she said.
"A few people I spoke to were amazed with
the Riverland and how helpful the people were.
"Morgan put on a great show for us, and
nothing was too hard for them.
"It was a proud time for Oxford Landing."
Free courses on offer for local adults
and local cuisine
will combine at the
Riverland Wine and
Food Festival this
Saturday from 12
noon to 7pm.
Held on the Berri
river front, the festival
is a celebration of the
Riverland's rich wine
and wood culture.
Kelly Wright said local
products and live music
would come together to
generate an "incredible"
region produces an
range of beautiful wine,
and the festival brings
it all together in one
by delicious food and
such as craft beer, cider,
and, for the first time,
local sangria," she said.
"Music is always a
huge part of the festival
experience, and we're
really excited about the
unique acts performing
"We have hot
young gypsy jazz-folk
from their dates in
North America, 2013
festival party favourites
SwapSides and multi-
electronic music artist
DJ TR!P will bring
dance fans to their feet."
Ms Wright said
support from sponsors
and stallholders had
"And in response
to increased interest,
the festival site to
accommodate a larger
number of festival
visitors," she said.
A free bus service
will operate between
the festival site and
Riverland towns on the
d a y.For tickets and
River front festival this Saturday
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