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IRIS Williams and her team are
all smiles after beating bigger
country shops to win the award
for RAA District Shop of the Year
Berri achieved strong sales
growth across all product lines in
the past financial year and had a
particularly impressive result in
motor insurance sales.
Iris has been involved with RAA
Berri for over 29 years and credits
the award success to the hard
work and dedication of her team,
coupled with a focus on good old
fashioned customer service.
An expanded product range
and new signage has also made a
“We’ve had lots of positive
feedback from our customers
now we stock a complete range
of merchandise as seen in metro
shops,” Iris said.
“ They can buy everything from
maps to raincoats, and even
mobility scooters – so we have
something for everyone. We are
lucky to have the space for a
quick test drive in-store if need
“We’re also able to assist
members with specialised ser-
vices such as personal security,
mobility aids and luggage.”
Iris said the loyal support of
local customers helped RAA Berri
achieve outstanding results with
RAA membership, insurance and
“Without them we wouldn’t
have won this award and we’d
like to thank the local community
for supporting us,” she said.
“We are one of the smaller
shops in the RAA network so it
is especially gratifying to win
against the bigger regionals. It is
the support of our loyal custom-
ers that has got us over the line
to win this award.”
RAA Berri branch the best in the state
Celebrating Berri winning the RAA District Shop of the Year award recently
were (from left) Anne Grocke (RAA Insurance consultant), Pam Phillips (RAA
membership consultant), Iris Williams (principal), Ludi Marchesan (regional
retail manager) and Neil Buder (senior manager retail sales). Absent: Tracey
THE Riverland General Hospital
will be open to curious locals later
this month for a rare opportunity to
have a look at its new services.
On Sunday, October 26 between
2 and 4pm, visitors can tour the
recently redeveloped facility –
including brand new chemotherapy,
mental health and rehabilitation
units, along with expanded renal
unit and emergency department.
Members of the Berri Barmera
Health Advisory Council and hos-
pital volunteer group, the Merri
Bunch, will be on hand to show
The Riverland General Hospital’s
$36 million redevelopment was fin-
ished earlier this year and officially
opened by Health Minister Jack
Snelling in June.
Hospital to open
its doors to public
Lorna Edwards puts her walking gear on in preparation for the Riverland
Relay for Life in Berri later this month. PHOTO: Will Slee
A LOCAL cancer survivor has
encouraged Riverlanders to
participate in Cancer Council’s
Relay for Life survivors and
carers walk later this month.
Edwards battled the effects of
the debilitating disease for years:
fighting breast cancer and later
losing her husband to leukaemia.
In 2000, Mrs Edwards was
due for her regular mammogram
screening and “thought nothing
“I had no symptoms, nothing to
indicate there was any problem,”
“When I got the phone call say-
ing there was a bit of an abnor-
mality, I naturally thought the
worst straight away.”
After weeks of testing, Mrs
Edwards was diagnosed with
breast cancer and had a double
mastectomy to remove the malig-
“It was a bit scary, especially
because I didn’t know of anyone
who had had it before,” she said.
Indirectly, Mrs Edwards was
forced to deal with cancer again
in 2005, when her husband Paul
was told he had acute myeloid
leukaemia and was given six
months to live.
“He lasted 22 months, so that’s
why I like people to go give
blood, because transfusions kept
him going for quite a while,” she
“He had to go down to
Adelaide until they brought blood
up to him every fortnight towards
“We were lucky I had a son in
Adelaide, so we had somewhere
to stay, but there are so many peo-
ple who don’t have accommoda-
tion and can’t afford to stay in a
motel or hotel for several weeks.
“It’s horrendous for some fami-
lies. They just can’t do it and lose
Mrs Edwards has participated
in the annual walk – which aims
at honouring the victims, survi-
vors and carers of people with
cancer – every year since her hus-
“I love it, because you meet
some of the most wonderful peo-
ple,” she said.
“Some have really tragic sto-
ries, but they just give you a smile
and carry on.
“We’ve come a long way since
I was diagnosed and as survivors
we can get out there and show the
community that it’s not all doom
“There is a lot of good news,
with more research and easier
After walking a lap of the Berri
Oval, participants wear a special
sash and release remembrance
balloons, before sharing an after-
noon tea at the football club.
Mrs Edwards now takes a more
optimistic, light-hearted approach
to her situation, but understands
everyone “handles it differently”.
“I remember when my
grandson asked if he could take
my pretend boobs for show-and-
tell. I thought that was hilarious,”
she said. “I muck around with the
boys and ask them if they want a
feel my ‘boobs’.
“Other people are more per-
sonal and don’t necessarily want
others to know, and that’s fine.
“Together we might be in the
war, but we’re winning the battle.”
The walk is at Berri Oval on
Saturday, October 25, from 1pm.
Locals asked to help fight ‘cancer battle’
DRIVERS undertaking long trips
during the school holidays have
been urged to secure any loose
objects in their vehicles.
Motor Accident Commission
(MAC) general manager Michael
Cornish said while many drivers
check their vehicle before a road
trip, they should also ensure safe
conditions within the car.
“It’s a good idea to put any loose
objects in the boot of the car or
behind a cargo barrier,” he said.
“Items like laptops, sporting
equipment, toys and gaming devic-
es, even drink bottles, can become
an unsecured missile that hits a pas-
senger and causes injury in a crash.”
Secure loose items
before long drives
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