A charity bowling event at Wauchope Country Club on Thursday evenings has raised a staggering $2,460. The money raised will be divided evenly between the palliative care unit at Wauchope hospital and the Westpac rescue helicopter’s Hastings support group.
The main organiser was Jane Horne, who is also an employee of the club and the golf champion.
“The reason why I started it was because I filled in for somebody at North Haven where they do the same thing, and I thought what a great idea.It’s relaxed rules. It’s just fun, and it cost each golfer just $5 a week,” she said.
Jennifer Andrew helped organise the event.
“When we asked for donations and took a bucket around, we got hundred of dollars from generous members of the club,” she said.
“It was a fantastic response. Last year we raised $1,000 and this year, we’ve more than doubled that. The Wauchope Country Club were great – they didn’t charge any green fees, so every cent in this event goes to the two charities.”
Whoever wins chooses the charity they want to support.mmThe charities are local, so the money raised goes to charities in Wauchope.
The winners of the competition was a team called “G1, G2 and J”, made up of Garry and Jenny Taylor and Gary Bowman.
The fancy dress winners were team “Car 71” – Donny and Michelle McDonald and Peter Mc Donald.
The runners-up were the 3 RMigos from Regional Rural Realty – Alison Chandler, Jen and Drew Oliver.
Jane and Jennifer were grateful for help.
“Thanks to our wonderul sponsors: Coppy’s Butcher Block who donated snags, Coca-Cola’s team Dave, Bill and Kerry donated lots of merchandise for prices, Rod Frankline from Jack Daniels donated three sports bags with merchandise, Regional and Rural Real Estate who also donated prizes, as did Wauchope Country Club,” said Jane.
“Geoff Fowler, Wayne Stahlhut and Rose Benjamin kindly helped with the food. Donny and Michelle McDonald donated stubby holders, drink bottles and other prizes. Curlys cafe put in two teams, sponsored by Kylie Hackney, and they provided the music for us.
“We are grateful to everyone who helped. We are planning to do it again in February. Its very relaxed and a lot of the people playing have never picked up a bowl before in their life,” she said.