Mildura Weekly : Friday January 2 Vol 9 No 8 2015
14 NEWS MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, JANUARY 2, 2015 Lou Richards dubbed him ‘Delicate Des’... • From Page 13 Des admits he might have dished out a bit in his time, but he also copped his fair share of attention from some of the toughest play- ers in the game. This was be- fore multiple umpires, well before action replays etc, so things could get pretty will- ing out on the field. Des had his nose broken five times, suffered a fractured cheek- bone and a few other ‘inju- ries,’ but never complained. Des’ brothers are justifi- ably proud of their young- est sibling, recounting many of their favourite memories (whenever he leaves the room). They tell me about the verbal abuse - mostly unfairly - he copped from opposition supporters. No strangers to the rough stuff themselves, they describe Des’ style as “vigorous,” and laud him as a team player who often took on much bigger opposing ruck men, but more than held his own, a valued team player who al- ways gave 100 percent. This quietly-spoken for- mer car salesman, Phillip Morris rep and later book- maker’s supervisor doesn’t mind the ‘Delicate Des’ tag, is often called on to speak at various fund-raising events, sportsman’s nights and the like, and is devoted to footy, evidenced by the fact that af- ter he left the city he started his own club, Quarry Hill in the Bendigo league, a great training ground for promis- ing juniors. Richmond’s Nathan Brown was one of the first. And while at Sandhurst, Des helped mould Geoff Southby, Trevor Keogh, Bri- an Walsh, Kevin Sheehan and Kevin Higgins towards AFL careers. His work with juniors has been recognised with Life Membership of Bendigo Junior Football League. There is obviously a lot more to this bloke than meets the eye. Many more stories just waiting to be told. Celebrating his 74th birthday on January 10 (happy birthday ‘Delicate’), and he’s mellowing. He talks more than fondly of a grand- son, Angus, who he says is slowly maturing into a class player, and someone with definite AFL prospects. The Dickson clan - Brian, Noel, Royce and Des spent a memorable three days with me at Colignan, enthrall- ing everyone with tales of a bygone era. But all too soon the Dickson re-union - the first in Sunraysia for many decades - is over, and it’s time for the boys to return to their respective homes, Shepparton, Bendigo and Hamilton. The Dickson boys, and good friend ‘Smokey’ Euv- rard say they’ve had a great time at Colignan, visiting friends in Red Cliffs, going to the Workers meat raffle, throwing a fishing line in the river, enjoying the bird and animal life, and learn- ing about Hattah-Kulkyne, Chalka Creek and the like. They’re all getting on a bit, aged from 84 to 73, slowing down with vari- ous health issues, but say they would like to return if they’re up to it. I hope they are. • ACTION MAN: ‘Delicate Des’ Dickson is pictured early in his career, during a training session with his beloved Hawthorn. THE Portland-based organiser of annual working holidays to help Vietnam’s poverty-stricken people has invited more Sunraysia people to become volunteers for the first of the 2015 overseas programs. A business adviser by profes- sion, Rodney Stone has been organ- ising Vietnam building projects for the past seven years, with Mildura’s Danny O’Rourke, 76, highly recom- mending the volunteer work after taking part in one of the last trips for 2014. Danny was one of nine adults who joined 40-year-old Rodney on a two-week ‘working holiday’ from October 18....an adventure that Danny recommends to anyone, de- scribing it as “the experience of a lifetime,” despite some solid work- ing days in hot, humid and oppres- sive conditions. Danny’s adventure was covered in detail in a November issue, and Rod has now been in touch to in- vite other Mildura Weekly readers to join the two-week sightseeing/ building tour starting Saturday, March 28. During the two weeks, Rodney and his volunteers will spend a few days in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), exploring the sights, mar- kets, restaurants, and other places of interest, be involved in various grass roots cultural experiences, spend a week building a primary school in Kien Giang Province (southern Vietnam bordering Cam- bodian), with two more days sight- seeing before another five days then building a house for a poor fam- ily in Thanh Loc Commune, Kien Giang. The areas chosen for the work are relatively isolated, with access only by boat, and are located in a region not normally visited by over- seas tourists. Cost per person is $3600, with Rodney requesting a deposit by February 15 at the latest. He says the cost covers all international and domestic flights within Viet- nam, transfers, buses, boats, ac- commodation, food, non-alcoholic drinks...”basically everything you require from the time you leave Australia until you return.” Costs such as Visas, passports and travel insurance are not included. • Continued Page 20 One Mildura participant described it as “The experience of a lifetime,” certainly worth the time, effort and money, and now the organiser of an overseas aid program is doing it again Volunteers sought for Vietnam work project • STONE WORK: She doesn’t look that happy, but this young Vietnamese schoolgirl has Rodney Stone, pictured, and people like Mildura volunteer Danny O’Rourke, to thank for her new school. More senior students like these, LEFT, have also benefitted from Rodney’s Vietnam work projects. He has called for Mildura volunteers for an early 2015 program.
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