Riders' run for Little Haven

ALTHOUGH it was freezing cold, it was a beautiful day for a ride when 91 Ulysses Club members set off on their Poker Run on August 22 to raise money to help local charities.

The Ulysses Club chose Little Haven Palliative Care as this year's Poker Run recipient because Little Haven provides a 24-hour a day/seven-day-a-week service to our local community whether it is in the home, in local hospitals, in the chemo ward or by offering complementary therapies at the Little Haven Centre.

“It is our Club's mission to support locals who help locals and one of the best examples of that in our area is Little Haven,” president of the Ulysses Club Peter Palis, said.

“They do amazing work in our community helping others and it is our pleasure to be able to help them.

“I'd also like to thank the local businesses who supported us in our Poker Run.”

Don Reuter remembers Poker Runs well; having taken part in many during his years riding with the Ulysses Club but unfortunately is retired from riding due to illness.

Don is one of Little Haven's clients and by pure serendipity was at Little Haven for his regular Bowen Therapy session when representatives from the Ulysses Club arrived to present Sue Manton with their cheque for $1000 towards the purchase of an electronic chair.

He and his Ulysses Club colleagues enjoyed a great morning reminiscing about past rides and past fundraisers.

By a lucky chance, Don was even wearing his Ulysses Club braces that morning so was happy to join his old friends presenting the cheque to Little Haven.

John Allen, Peter Palis and Jeff Witts were especially pleased to see Don again and to catch up on his news.

As Peter Palis said, “Our Club always welcomes the opportunity to help Little Haven but to find that Little Haven is helping one of our own is great.”

Little Haven business manager Sue Manton said this is one of the reasons why she loves her work at Little Haven so much.

“Working for an organisation that cares for and helps people in the time they most need help is truly worthwhile,” she said.

“It really is a confirmation that here in the Cooloola/Sunshine Coast region we do belong to a caring community that looks after its own.

“Thanks to the generosity of our community and especially local clubs like the Ulysses Club and the local businesses that supported the ride, all Little Haven's services and equipment can continue to be provided free of charge to our clients and their families. ”

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