Condamine Sports Club committee members and club officials (front, from left) Peter Pickering, Guy Sugden, Cr Ron Bellingham, Don Browne, (back) John O’Leary, Gary Russell-Sharam, Sheryl Windle and sports club general manager Ian Skillen.
Condamine Sports Club committee members and club officials (front, from left) Peter Pickering, Guy Sugden, Cr Ron Bellingham, Don Browne, (back) John O’Leary, Gary Russell-Sharam, Sheryl Windle and sports club general manager Ian Skillen. GERARD WALSH

$40,000 goes to clubs

“IS that what it is?”

That was the comment from Warwick Cowboys Rugby League Club president Don Browne after receiving a $20,000 cheque from the Condamine Sports Club in the wake of the devastating floods of the past three weeks.

Yesterday afternoon, Condamine Sports Club chairman Guy Sugden presented cheques of $20,000 to both the Warwick Cowboys and Warwick Hockey Association and $10,000 to Councillor Ron Bellingham for the Southern Downs Mayoral Flood Appeal.

“I was asked to go to the sports club and thought we might receive a cheque for $2000, perhaps up to $5000, which would have been great but it is unbelievable to receive $20,000,” Browne said. “I am blown away by the generosity.”

Warwick Hockey Association president Peter Pickering wears a second hat as a member of the Condamine Sports Club committee.

“I was asked to a committee meeting on Monday and couldn't get to it when the decision was made,” Pickering said.

“It will go to equipment, kitchen, fencing, nets, goals and a dugout.”

Sugden said the sports club made the donations to the Cowboys and hockey so both sports could get up and running for the 2011 season.

“They are two of the five partners in the sports club,” Sugden said.

“Cricket, rugby union and netball associations/clubs are partners and strongly support the donation to the two clubs.

“We get a lot of support from the community and hope our $10,000 donation to the mayor's appeal will encourage more individuals, businesses and clubs to donate.

“The $50,000 was set aside for renovations to the kitchen, which perhaps we will put off for a year.”

While water went up six bricks in the rugby union clubhouse, there was minimal damage.

Sugden said if the Warwick Cricket Association found synthetic wickets needed to be replaced in the wake of the flood, the sports club would be happy to help.

Sports club donations to:

$20,000 Warwick Hockey Association

$20,000 Warwick Cowboys Rugby League

$10,000 Mayor’s Flood Appeal


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