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Muz Hartin to headline huge pirate-themed trivia night in Moree

MOREE’s favourite son, bush poet Murray Hartin, headlines a fun-filled, pirate-themed trivia night at the Moree Masonic Centre later this month that is aimed at raising much-needed funds for one of Moree’s best-loved organisations, Gwydir Industries.

Lodge Courallie is calling on trivia buffs to form tables of eight for the March 18 fundraiser, a night where eye-patches, parrots and pirate costumes are optional extras for aspiring buccaneers.

The cost is just $200 per table ($25 per person) and Lodge Courallie’s Wayne Hamilton said the aim was to at least equal money raised at last year’s inaugural trivia night.

“Last year’s event was quite successful, especially with the help of Masonic Care which contributed dollar-for-dollar the money we raised on the night,” Mr Hamilton said.

“Because of this we were able donate $6800 to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.

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Murray Hartin will emcee a huge trivia night at Moree Masonic Centre to help raise money for Gwydir Industries (Image Copyright Bill Poulos).

“We are aiming at doing something very similar this year, if not raise a little bit more, for Gwydir Industries,” he said.

Moree Masons have been quiet fundraising achievers in recent years, and Mr Hamilton hopes to make the public more aware of the organisation’s goals and successes before his term as Lodge Courallie’s Worshipful Master is completed later this year.

Mr Hamilton has been two years at the helm of what has often been wrongly labelled a “secret society”.

“Masons have always had this air of secrecy about them and, to be fair, in the past Masons did pretty much what we’re doing now, except they didn’t make it public,” Mr Hamilton said.

“They quietly raised money and then quietly gave it to whatever charity they were raising it for.

“My aim is to make it a bit more public and have our name out there. One thing I really wanted to do was to raise money for local charities that benefit the greater community.

“It’s a bit like any other organisation; whoever is steering it at the time has certain agendas they would like to achieve and a couple that I wanted to achieve while I was at the head was to get the Masons out  in the public a bit more and to raise money for local organisations like Gwydir Industries.SoBestCoffee

“We are actually looking at having an open night where members of the public can come along and find out what we’re about. At this stage the plan is to host it when we do our Anzac meeting on April 18,” Mr Hamilton said.

And with a 35-strong membership at present, Mr Hamilton is confident Lodge Courallie’s goals will be realised.

Already this year $500 has been donated to Moree Hospital maternity unit, money that will help refurbish the birthing room en suite.

Lodge Courallie was also instrumental in assisting nine Moree artists to create Sunday Afternoon along the Mehi, a massive work of art that will take pride of place in Fairview Nursing Home’s Perry James Lodge Dining Room.Trivia001

The Moree Masonic Centre was used as a “studio” for months on end, with everyone involved given “access all areas” passes.

“Lodge Courallie is proud that we were able to provide the hall for the creation of this painting and also somewhere for it to be stored,” Mr Hamilton said.

“We worked out that the entire process took these artists about 20 months, except for a period of one or two months when the hall was being renovated or when it was booked by other parties.”

Meanwhile, Mr Hamilton is calling on trivia buffs for the March 18 pirate-themed night at the Moree Masonic Centre.

“We are really looking forward to our trivia night. Murray Hartin will be the compere, so there is sure to be plenty of laughs,” he said

It’s going to be a great night, made possible by a multitude of sponsors including Cleanaway, Tyre Power Moree, Moree Real Estate, Bursons, Repco, Coca Cola, Harvey Norman, Sitty’s Spoon,Rabobank, BP, Moree Ag Supplies, Econolodge Motel, Boland Petroleum, Raine & Horne Moree, Harborne Financial Services, Moree Girl Guides, Murray Hartin, Stephen Sparke Jewellers, Woolaway Wines and Hill Fitzsimmons.

The night starts at 6.30pm on Saturday, March 18 and tables of eight at $200 per table can be booked by calling 0409 030715 or 6752 1777.

Story and Image: Bill PoulosDCMThatsWhere

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