Dalby blokes raise a truckload for charity

Thu, 2016-12-29 16:47

A couple of blokes and a truckload of ply wood is all it takes to raise money for a good cause.

Black Dog Institute, Lifeline and the St Vincent de Paul Society shared in almost $7000 which was donated by Peter Smiles from Dalby Home Hardware last week.

Mr Smiles sold more than 1000 sheets of ply wood after it arrived at the hardware store on a semi-trailer from Weipa.

"Ausco had a lot of ply and wondered if we could take it off their hands,” he said.

"We decided to donate 100% of it to charity.”

Dalby local Mick Shuler, who works for Ausco in Weipa, said the plywood was headed for landfill when he saw an opportunity.

"I wanted 50 sheets for myself to line my shed and I said 'well if we can get it sent down to Dalby they can use it down there, rather than selling it for seconds we can do something for charity,” he said.

Mr Schuler took the idea to an Ausco superior who signed off on the donation.

"They thought it was a good idea,” he said.

"Ausco got it sent down on one of the trucks.”

Mr Smiles said the truck driver who unloaded the ply donated his time to deliver it.

"It took half an hour just to unstrap the truck and an hour to unload it with a forklift,” he said.

"All he asked for was a cup of tea.

Mr Smiles said he put it up for sale and it "just went like hotcakes”.

"We've given some to St Vinnies...we wanted the money would go to suicide prevention.”

Dalby local Andrew Riley bought $1500 worth of the ply wood and requested the money be donated to Lifeline.

Lifeline rural family support worker Annette Jasinksi said the money would be used for Lifeline's suicide prevention program.

"We're bringing assist training out across the Western Downs early next year,” Ms Jasinksi said.

"Assist training raises awareness and gives strategies to those who work with people who are at risk,” she said.

Article and photo courtesy of the Dalby Herald.

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