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GAWLER residents have been
among the most generous in do-
nating to Sampson Flat bushfire
victims, with almost $25,000
recently raised at the town's two
The funds were raised for the Red
Cross Disaster Relief and Recov-
ery Fund at both the Gawler and
Gawler Green stores over 10 days.
Locals gave about $12,500 at
Coles checkouts, and with the su-
permarket chain matching custom-
er donations dollar for dollar, the
amount was doubled.
Gawler Coles manager Peter
Weiss, an ex-CFS volunteer, said he
completely supported the cause and
added the response from locals was
"It was really good, I mean
Gawler's always been fantastic when
it comes to things like that and
they've obviously done a really good
job," he said.
"And both stores, you know, just
to get that amount of people in-
volved as well, it was fantastic."
In addition to the donations,
both stores supplied food and drinks
to the Gawler Aerodome, while
Gawler Coles also supported the One
Tree Hill CFS with food donations.
"Whatever they wanted, we just
supplied it," Mr Weiss said.
"It was no drama for us."
The Red Cross Disaster Relief
and Recovery Fund helps support
Red Cross and its vast volunteer
network, with the important task of
providing psychological support for
people affected by disasters.
The fund also supports emergen-
cy services when disaster strikes and
assists those affected to recover and
Across South Australia, Coles
customers have donated more than
$220,000, meaning a total of about
$450,000 was raised overall.
IT happens around this
time every year in South
The Tour Down Under comes
to town and suddenly every man
and his bike is out on the roads in
their lycra, like they are training
for the actual event themselves.
In fairness, some actually
are training for the event, as I
witnessed the other day when I
bumped into (not literally) Cadel
Evans and his BMC Racing Team
near Williamstown on my way to
work, as well as the famous Team
There is always an increase in
cyclists on the roads when the
tour rolls into town, which brings
up the age-old question, how do
motorists and bikes "share the
No doubt there is an "us against
them" mentality when it comes to
drivers and cyclists.
It is a sensitive subject that very
few people actually sit on the fence
A recent Family Feud episode
caused controversy when it asked
contestants "something annoying
that a cyclist might do".
Thousands of cyclists are now
threatening to boycott the show,
especially after one of the top
answers given to the question was
It seems as though the majority
of motorists on the road do not
have much time for cyclists, and
Drivers will say cyclists "do
what they want" when out on the
roads, making up their own rules
and constantly cutting cars off
and riding in their lanes.
Cyclists will say motorists drive
with alarming disregard for those
on two wheels -- the majority of
riders on the roads would have
been involved in some sort of
near-miss or accident involving a
car at some stage.
Unfortunately, there are no
winners in this argument.
Sure, there are some renegade
cyclists who do break the rules,
but I would argue there are plenty
more lawless motorists out there
The solution is, as the
government slogan suggests, to
"share the road".
Easier said than done, I know,
but if drivers can treat riders with
courtesy and respect, it will go a long
way towards bridging the divide of
animosity between the two.
THE BUNYIP'S JOURNALIST CARL PFEIFFER DISCUSSES
THE RIVALRY BETWEEN DRIVERS AND CYCLISTS ON
THE ROADS. WHY DO MOTORISTS AND CYCLISTS HATE
In my opinion...
No doubt there
is an "us against them"
mentality when it comes to
drivers and cyclists. It is a
sensitive subject that very
few people actually sit on the
Gawler digs deep
Gawler Coles employees Michelle Foxwell (left), Pauline Mathews, Kris
Diduglia, Ben Jackson, Liz Stewart and Amy Suhard were impressed with the
public's generosity in donating to Sampson Flat bush re victims.
PHOTO: Alec Urquhart
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