Barbara and Major General Peter Arnison are selling their Ascot house.FORMER Queensland governor Major General Peter Arnison and his wife Barbara are selling their Ascot Queenslander.The couple plan to downsize into an apartment on the Brisbane River.They bought their home at 86 Yabba St, Ascot more than 24 years ago and moved into it when General Arnison retired from the Australian Army in 1996.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours ago86 Yabba St, AscotShortly afterwards, in 1997, they were on the move again, this time to Government House when General Arnison served as Governor of Queensland.Mrs Arnison said the family leased their house while they were living in Government House and moved back to Yabba St when Gen Arnison finished his term.The home is listed through Scott Darwon of Ray White New Farm.Mr Darwon said it was a coveted opportunity to secure a significant piece of Ascot history.It will be auctioned on May 27 at 1pm.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.This is all accomplished by volunteers (they always need more volunteers) young and old who get aid to where it’s needed like a smart bomb, only smarter. When Pam died, the operation was taken over by Kathryn Hansen, Donna Dawick and Denise Shiroma, truly beautiful women who also have children and real jobs and who devote all their free time to Cheer. They are fun people, great, gregarious women who thrive on the work. And once a year we sit down and talk about the coming holiday season and about what they know to be true – that people want to help, especially down here where they can see the good being done. So we meet and we talk about needs, and this year it broke my heart to hear that Kathryn’s 27-year-old son, Blaise, was killed in a motorcycle accident. Kathryn is a tall bundle of blond energy, and the mother of an 11-year-old daughter who skipped past the grief of losing her boy and her mother only weeks apart by saying that Cheer for Children saved her. The work is constant and demanding, and, somehow, in the middle of all this, Kathryn and Donna celebrated life by getting tattoos. Donna’s includes the initials of everyone she loves while Kathryn’s carries the name of her son. This is the column you need to cut out and save because the holidays are coming, and these holidays bring a natural upwelling of our desire to help those less fortunate than ourselves. That’s why Pam Edwards started Cheer For Children two decades ago. She saw a desperate need and decided to fill it with a charity that she ran out of her Redondo Beach home until her death five years ago. Pam, thousands will attest, was a saint who – unable to have children of her own – dedicated her life to helping others with her homegrown, all-volunteer, all-South Bay, no-salaries-to-nobody Cheer For Children. The holidays are, of course, Cheer’s biggest season. But the grass-roots organization runs year-round, staging Halloween, Fourth of July and fishing parties for children with disabilities while gathering new school clothing and supplies for disadvantaged kids. They also raise college scholarship money in Pam’s name for deserving students and collect toiletries, food and shoe coupons for our invisible poor. Now back to the issue at hand because that’s what they came to talk about and because this column is their main publicity for the entire year. Most everything – the special needs school parties, the Christmas party in the intensive care unit at County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, the fishing excursion for kids with disabilities, the clothes, toys, school outfits and the holiday adoption of 150 families – happens because readers of this column make it so. When the three women took over the nonprofit charity, they decided to make one big change. From that moment on, everyone who came to them looking for help got it. “We accept everyone,” Kathryn said. And this year they accepted a record number of needy families, all of them South Bay people desperately trying to put a Christmas together for their children. It’s not easy to read the notes pasted into scrapbooks by Denise, notes from single parents, ill parents, laid-off and down-sized parents asking for help because our vast American wealth isn’t spread out evenly. And helping is so simple. For more information, go to www.cheerforchildren.net. Send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. To speak to a human, call 310-540-2494. Or, if you like, send a tax-deductible donation to PMB 280, P.O. Box 7000, Redondo Beach, CA 90277. Grocery store scrip, fuel cards, shoe certificates for Payless, Big 5 and Foot Locker, Target, Mervyns, Wal-Mart and Kmart and gift cards of all descriptions can be sent as well. We have billions of dollars worth of these things going unused by people who don’t actually need them. So why not regift? Right now they urgently need people to adopt an entire family or one individual in a family. All this information, including where to drop the presents, is available through the above channels. We’re talking nonperishable food and food cards for the holidays, new clothing, full-size toiletries and toys. Families list what they need while you – take my word on this – get to have a fantastic time recalling why this season of giving came into existence to begin with. I wish that I could show you the many notes folded into the Cheer scrapbook, notes of thanks from parents with nowhere else to turn and notes in little-kid handwriting giving thanks from the bottom of bottomless hearts. “My children believe in Santa now!” wrote one single mom to the Santa in all of us. I want to hear your comments. Connect with me at email@example.com, call 310-543-6681 or send a letter to Daily Breeze/John Bogert, 5215 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503-4077. Hear my podcast at www.dailybreeze.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!