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Strawberries and cream give Toowoomba tennis goers a taste of Wimbledon

Hutchinson Builders Toowoomba International Tennis event may only be three years old, but it’s taken on a 138 year old tradition to help raise funds for CareFlight.

“Spectators will be able to sit courtside all weekend (Friday 16 – Sunday 18 Oct) and watch some incredibly exciting tennis while sampling strawberries and cream, a Wimbledon must since 1877,” RACQ CareFlight Fundraising Manager Sarah Delahunty said.

“And they’ll be helping RACQ CareFlight Rescue in the process, with the money raised from the strawberries going to the local, lifesaving service.

“We are very appreciative of the support Hutchinson’s and the community has given us over the years with more than $15,000 raised last year alone.”

Stanthorpe’s Strawberry Fields has donated the luscious strawberries and Anne Shirley the spectacular 1950s Bondwood vintage caravan at the Toowoomba Region Tennis Centre.

Hutchinson Builders Toowoomba International is an APT event with $25,000 prizemoney on offer for the women and $15,000 for the men.

The semi-finals begin on Saturday, the finals from 11am this Sunday.

“We’re delighted to be able to hold this event to showcase young international talent and help RACQ CareFlight Rescue in the process,” said Rob Weymouth Area Manager Hutchinson Builders.

The Toowoomba RACQ CareFlight Rescue chopper will fly the trophies into the event on Sunday at 10.30am, if not tasked on a mission.

The event is held at the USQ Courts, beside the Clive Berghofer Arena on Baker Street.

Last year 475 patients were treated and transferred by the lifesaving service across the Darling Downs, Western Downs and Granite Belt.