City’s best battle it out to help drought affected farmers

IT was the battle of the city’s best; fire crews, medics, police, army and politicians putting their reputations on the line all in the name of charity.

BATTLING FOR CHARITY: Patrick Harrison at Pollet's Martial Arts for the Battle of the Best on Saturday.

BATTLING FOR CHARITY: Patrick Harrison at Pollet's Martial Arts for the Battle of the Best on Saturday.

As part of their  fundraising activities, Pollet’s Martial Arts invited emergency services and other community groups to be put to the test raising in excess of $8,056 for drought affected farmers in doing so.

As part of their challenges police had to arrest and handcuff people, while medics carried people around on their stretcher. Fire crews did their activities wearing their full breathing apparatus.

Owner of Pollet’s Martial Arts, Ian Pollet was training the entrants in the lead up to the day, and expected the competition to be fierce.

Angelique Pollet, who helped organise the day said it was amazing.

“The police won their event, they had to run around and handcuff someone to the ground. Paul Toole was also great he did the medic challenge and two rounds of sparring,” she said.

Angelique said it was great see the emergency crews being put through the test.

“To see what they do and the skills they have, it was great to see it in action, they are amazing.

After the battles came to an end there was an auction worth of over $10,000 in items, including a meal cooked by Bathurst’s celebrity chef Mani.