Phobias and fears aplenty at B&W Rural silos next weekend

BELIEVE it or not, fundophobia is not the fear of raising funds for charity – it is the fear of grain silos toppling over and crushing those people that are game enough to stand near them.

And there is absolutely no truth to the rumour that the Mayo Clinic will have a stall set up at B&W Rural in Moree on Sunday with specialists advising people how to overcome this strange fear or, for that matter, handing out advice on acrophobia – the fear of heights.

While acrophobia and fundophobia are expected to be the main subjects of discussion this coming weekend, there could also be a few cases of triskaidekaphobia for those that are truly superstitious of irrational beliefs and fears.

Triskaidekaphobia is the fear of the number 13, and that’s exactly how many participants will abseil down the side of B&W Rural’s 10-storey silo – the old flour mill for those locals that can still remember when – as part of a huge fundraiser for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.

Well-known identities from the New England and north-west, including Josh McGregor, Garry Walsh, John Tramby, Luke Bell, Lachlan Skinner, David Tait, Adam Marshall, Paul McDonald, Anna Winter, Rebeccah Shaw, Rob McAllister, Gemille Hayes and Peter Birch will flick their fears and phobias to one side on Sunday and leap from the top of the famous Moree landmark.

The plan is to raise more than $20,000 for this vitally important rescue service and already, with just under a week to go, the team is nearly halfway to meeting that target.

Event co-ordinator Jeff Galbraith said everything was “falling” into place for Sunday’s big fundraiser.

“We now have 13 participants, which is unbelievable, and we are already halfway to our target,” Mr Galbraith said.

“It is going to be a wonderful day, and I can’t thank everyone enough for supporting the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.

“This is a vitally important service that stretches not only across the New England and north-west but right across NSW and the rest of Australia – fundraisers like the Leaders’ Leap are very important,” he said.SoBestCoffeeLL003

Meanwhile, all the smart people on Sunday will be firmly planted at ground level, staring admiringly skyward as they dig deep to support the cause.

Marketeers and stall-holders are invited to set up shop for the morning, with Deluxe Café Moree and Cold Comforts ice-cream van already booked in.

Moree Lions Club members will also be on site, serving up the bacon and egg sandwiches they are famous for.DCMThatsWhere

“We want to make it a real family day out with a markets-like atmosphere,” Mr Galbraith said.

Individuals or organisations wishing to be part of the fun day out can contact Jeff Galbraith on 0448 848500 or e-mail

Supporters can donate to the leader of their choice by visiting

Footnote: Cafephobia and pagotophobia – the fears of coffee and ice-cream – will not be tolerated at Sunday’s fundraiser.

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