Over the past week I have witnessed local community pride and spirit at its best. The Macleay Valley has proven that when you bring the community together for a worthy cause, great things can happen.
I attended the Macleay Valley Coast Diabetes Group’s fabulously colourful “Dia-Bete It” ball and was astounded by the support for the annual fundraiser.
The Macleay Valley Community rallied for the cause, “Locals Living with Type 1 Diabetes”, and raised an incredible $52,000 on the night. Lahey Construction also kindly donated $40,000, bringing the total to $92,000.
Celebrating 100 years of life
Long-time resident Mr Jack Lasserre celebrated his 100th birthday on 26 November 2018. He moved to the Macleay 30 years ago and has led a remarkable life that has been testament to his character and determination. Born in Paddington and raised in Dubbo on Barbagil Station, he rode horses five miles to school until sixth class and then completed two years of correspondence for high school.
In the Depression, he lived comfortably with his family on a self-sufficient farm and helped out by driving utes around at the age of 12. In 1940 he enlisted in the Australian Military Forces where he rose to a rank of Sergeant. In 1942 Jack married his love, Zena, and had three children.
After the war, Jack became a builder and constructed homes throughout the Western Plains, including a two-bedroom cottage and sheds on his land ‘Springdale’ in Euchareena. He ran 150 sheep and 30 head of cattle for many years.
The admirable part of Jack’s story is that he’s only been to hospital once in his long life due to a mishap on a motor bike – he took a corner too fast on an Ariel 350. Jack became a resident at Macleay Valley House in 2012 and enjoys life and loves to share a story. Thank you, Jack and your family, for inviting me to celebrate your incredible milestone with you.