ABOVE: 2015 Cane Toad Cup winner Toadly Thunder (on cup) and jockey Alice Magner (second from left), of Tatham. BELOW: Steve and Judy Pittaway won fashions on the field.
ABOVE: 2015 Cane Toad Cup winner Toadly Thunder (on cup) and jockey Alice Magner (second from left), of Tatham. BELOW: Steve and Judy Pittaway won fashions on the field. Contributed

Cawongla Cane Toad Cup raises $1100 for helicopter

THE heat and humidity did not deter Melbourne Cup fanatics from attending the annual Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter fundraiser at the Cawongla general store last Tuesday.

The Cane Toad Cup has become a highlight of the Cawongla social calendar.

Local toad wrangler Bill Ryan donated six cane toads for auction.

While the well-dressed crowd munched on the delicious lunch provided by the owners of the store, Gina Brooke and Jackie Habchi, each toad was auctioned by Peter Robinson, the accredited auctioneer at Nimbin Lifestyle Real Estate.

Prices varied with the top toad reaching over $80.

The big race was hotly contested however it was Toadly Thunder's jockey, Alice Magner of Tatham, and her riding technique that saw them win the cup.

The 2014 Casino Showgirl and now toad jockey was backed by the Carnival table. After this, the fine fillies and colts were judged in the fashions on the field with long-term Cawongla-ites Steve and Judy Pittaway winning the competition for the second year in a row.

The 2015 Cane Toad Cup was a fantastic afternoon and raised more than $1100 for the helicopter.

Special mention to Gina and Jackie of the Cawongla store for continuing to hold this fun fundraiser.



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