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Published by dlocke on 12 Feb 2017

2017 Book Drive

Once again we are collecting books to send to Timor Leste. We are looking for early childhood, primary and high school books that can be used for reading practice. There is also a high school looking for commerce, maths and economic style texts. We will also accept early childhood toys for our kindergartens in Bei Cala and Boramba.

While the Bei Cala kindergarten has been up and running for a number of months, the Boramba school will be set up in a room of our existing school block.

If you have any books or early childhood toys, in good condition that you would like to donate please contact me at They can be delivered to Dorrigo or Bellingen or dropped of at the Sgt. Matthew Locke MG Charity Event on the 25th February 2017 in Bellingen


Once items are collected they will be delivered to Melbourne by Cramptons truck company and from there the Rotary Club of Melbourne sends a container every six weeks to Timor Leste.

Thank you in advance for your kind donations.

Published by dlocke on 04 Jan 2017

Local Game Grows

Published by dlocke on 09 Oct 2016

The Match 2017

2017 is off and running. We are starting already to bring together all the details for next years match. 2016 was big, 2017 will be bigger. Plans are underway but not yet confirmed for a number of people to be involved. We hope to see Mick Crocker and Tom Learoyd-Lahrs back for the Magpies and of course the Governor of NSW and Mrs Hurley have been invited along with our patron Ben Roberts-Smith VC MG.

Rumour has it a large contingent from WA and Sydney will be in attendance and I have it on good authority that Hogs for Homeless will be calling in for a visit, with perhaps some 9s games. I am even hoping that Navy and Airforce will make it as well. But let’s not jump ahead of ourselves.

Soldier On

uses. We hope to continue the same assistance in 2017.
Soldier On

Bellingen-Dorrigo Juniors

The Grub Club’s preschool project.



Dorrigo Swim Club

Published by dlocke on 28 Mar 2016

2016 photos









Published by dlocke on 28 Mar 2016

2016 Sgt. Matthew Locke MG Charity Event

What a weekend! It is immensly satisfying to let everyone know how successful the weekend of the 5th March was. A very big thanks to all those that volunteered and contributed to making the event such a success. I apologise in advance if I miss anyone. 

I must start by thanking my family, they all work tirelessly behind the scenes making sure we have a smooth running weekend. I am immensly proud of their committment and effort. I would mention  Bin, Nick, Wayne, and Sarah and all their families for their assistance. Brian Mortimer, Rick Maunder and the RSL sub-branch, Bellingen Valley-Dorrigo Magpies and the Glyde family, Stephen, Kathy, Robyn, Donald and Peter and all their families and Colin Osland thank you. To the Lions Club who always run a tight ship Graham Maddeford and John Molloy and their crew, thank you. To the C.ex David Doyle and Dave Ellis, The Diggers Tavern Tom and Fred, The Bellingen Golf Club Kevin, Leanne and Craig, The Bellingen Shire Council, Mayor Mark Troy and his crew, I couldn't do it without your help. To those that donated IGA Bellingen, Diggers Tavern, Spar Urunga, Cutz Both Ways Thank you. To Yasmin Maher and Kathy Glyde for photographs. The Sawtell Framers, awesome work guys. To Mid-coast Printing Graham and Maree. To Erica and Freya Cross who sing the anthem every year and do such a beautiful job. To Sony and CH Formwork (Gary and Bruce Watt)  for their contribution. 

A very special thanks to those that don't live locally and yet contribute in huge ways Phil Bailey, Matt Stevens, Nick Matthews, Reid Froggat, Kaz and Peter from WA. I appreciate the support you give our event and your help with social media, merchandise and auction items. To the NRL and CRL for their support. To Michael Crocker and Tom Learoyd-Lahrs for joining us on the day. To Matt Nolan for picking Mick up from the airport. To Michael Fitzpatrick of the Army Band, wow a record 365 people attended the concert. Thank you. 

To the Bellingen Valley-Dorrigo Juniors and Dorrigo Swim Club for their efforts and Soldier On and my own committee who pitched in when needed. Cheers.

I also have to thank His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d)Governor of New South Wales and Mrs Hurley for their attendance. Again our sincere thanks for your continued support. 

And last but certainly not least may I extend my thanks to the  team and crew starting with Maj. Al Lynch of the Australian Army Thunder who have gone out of their way to support this event each year. It wouldn't happen without your committment and I am so very grateful. 

We raised $16000 on the weekend. This is an increase on last year of $1500 which shows that slowly but surely we are growing. This amount will be divided amongst the following organisations. Soldier on $6400 The Grub Club $6400 Bellingen Valley Dorrigo JRLFC $1600 and Dorrigo Swim Club $1600. I know the funds will be put to good use by all. 

Finally, let me say a very big thanks to the community of Bellingen and Shire. You make it possible and a success. Thank you! _MG_5078 _MG_5106 _MG_5112 _MG_5121


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