Practising for the Australian Strongman Titles fundraiser by hooking up to a 22-tonne semi-trailer in Lismore yesterday are (from left) event organiser Severino DaRoit, Federal Page MP Janelle Saffin, Stuart Herne of Herne’s Freight Service and Paul Murphy, manager of the Winsome Community Centre and Lismore Soup Kitchen.
Practising for the Australian Strongman Titles fundraiser by hooking up to a 22-tonne semi-trailer in Lismore yesterday are (from left) event organiser Severino DaRoit, Federal Page MP Janelle Saffin, Stuart Herne of Herne’s Freight Service and Paul Murphy, manager of the Winsome Community Centre and Lismore Soup Kitchen. David Nielsen

Strong arms support soup kitchen

LISMORE Soup Kitchen supporters were out in force yesterday to help promote the upcoming Australian Strongman Titles fundraiser at Oakes Oval in Lismore on June 5.

While it wasn’t exactly a broken election promise, Federal Page MP Janelle Saffin had been billed to attempt to pull a 22-tonne semi-trailer five metres.

With some last-minute assistance from the gathered stakeholders, Ms Saffin did manage to move the massive rig a few millimetres – which could be an Australian political record, of sorts.

Unfortunately, the Guinness Book of Records was not on hand to record the political feat, but it will be represented at the strongman titles next month in Lismore.

While it is the third year the titles have been held in Lismore, it is the first time they have been held at Oakes Oval.

Organiser Severino DaRiot said the event, which had previously been held at the Italo Club at North Lismore, was timed to coincide with Lismore’s Festival of Fitness and that the Lions Club would be catering.

“It is a charity fundraiser for the Lismore Soup Kitchen and the Winsome Community Centre,” he said.

“Australia’s reigning strongman Derek Boyer will be competing in the six strongman events, starting with the 22-tonne truck pull in Keen Street at 10am.”

Paul Murphy, manager of the Winsome Community Centre and Lismore Soup Kitchen, was thrilled the organisers had selected them as the sole beneficiary.

“Government funding gets us some of the way, but the cost of running the soup kitchen and residential centre is a big exercise,” he said.

“All 18 residential rooms are full and new people are coming in all the time. We have to turn away five or six people a day.

“We also feed 75 people a day, which is up from about 50 from our old site.”

Mr Murphy said he was seeing more and more young mothers and families using the service due to mortgage stress.



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