Murray Hartin, bush poet and comedian wows the crowd at CYCA SOLAS Trusts Long Lunch

  • Club
  • By Damian Maclennan
  • 24 Oct 2014 19:00:00

Glorious spring weather and a stunning vista over the CYCA marina was the perfect backdrop for the 100 plus CYCA members and guests who attended the CYCA SOLAS Trusts Long Lunch, Friday 24 October, 2014.

Guests were entertained by guest speaker Murray Hartin, comedian and bush poet, who delighted the guests with his many humorous poems and hilarious stories.    

Guest speakers were also CYCA member and three-times Olympian, Karen Gojnich and CYCA member and Olympic Silver Medallist, Olivia Price.   Gojnich conducted an informal interview with Price, who delighted the crowd with her colourful recount of navigating an Olympic campaign to medal status, life beyond Warmouth and the journey ahead in a quest for RIO 2016.    

Another highlight of the afternoon was the silent auction, which raised funds for the CYCA SOLAS Trusts (which to date has distributed more the $920,000 to search and rescue organisations Australia wide). Fierce bidding on a number of items ensured that in the vicinity of $15,000 was raised for CYCA SOLAS Trusts.

Chairman of CYCA SOLAS Trusts Matt Allen expressed his thanks for those organisations and individuals that donated prizes:

  • Evanslea by the River, Mudgee
  • Land Rover
  • Dedes Group
  • Harken Australia
  • Alex Whitworth
  • Nespresso
  • Camilla
  • Hunt Leather
  • Appliances Online
  • Cruising Yacht Club of Australia
  • Musto
  • Carbon Creations
  • Quincy & Meredith
  • Coast Cruises

Thanks also to event supporters Robert Oatley Vineyards Wines and Pernod Ricard Australia; and the lucky door prizes donators: Orpheum Theatre Cremorne, Active Casual and Sturrocks of Sydney and L Eat.

The Associates Committee, together with Commodore John Cameron and CYCA SOLAS Trusts Chairman Matt Allen, also recognised the efforts of Kendi Kellett in convening the event.


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