Fundraising fun Bowls club kept busy supporting good causes
The Benalla Bowls Club has had a busy week of fundraising, the weekend pennant, and an allinclusive bowls event.
Benalla kicked off the Ovens and Murray Bowls Region’s weekend pennant A1 competition with a convincing win over Wangaratta.
The 112-78 win at home saw Benalla record its first points of the season. The side sits third on the ladder with 17 points, one behind joint early leaders Kiewa Valley and YMGCR.
This weekend’s action takes Benalla to Wodonga on Saturday in search of back-to-back victories. Wodonga sits fifth after a close loss to Corowa Civic in round one.
On Thursday the BBC held its annual disability sports day and barbecue, which saw more than 50 bowlers with disabilities and their carers converge on the club for hours of fun.
The field of 50 was a step up from last year’s 40 bowlers and carers. Bowlers came from as far away as Mansfield and Alexandra to participate in the day.
After two hours of learning the game and bowling towards targets laid out by BBC staff, a team of FCJ College students arrived at the club to show their support in putting on a free barbecue for the competitors, with meat donated courtesy of Rettke’s Carrier St Meats.
BBC secretary and the sports day’s organiser Graham Moore said the day was a ‘‘total success’’.
‘‘Disability day was great and all the bowlers went well and had a lot of fun,’’ Moore said.
‘‘Although they couldn’t be there on the day, the council (Benalla Rural City Council) got back to us and sent their apologies for not getting down but said they will definitely be there next year.’’
On Sunday the club held the annual UGLY (Understanding Generous Likeable You) Bar- tender competition with teams of three playing, in the hopes of raising more than $1100 for leukaemia research.
With $10 as the entry fee, the club reached the $1000 mark by the end of play, before holding a raffle and auction.
Mr Moore said the club raised $1000 last year, but wanted to reach $1100 so as to receive a gift valued at around $300 from the Leukemia Foundation as a raffle prize for next year.
‘‘But when we got to the auction, auctioning off an UGLY Bartender T-shirt, a generous man raised his hand and bid $500. We couldn’t believe it,’’ he said. ‘‘It topped off a magic week for us. ‘‘It was really fantastic.’’ More photos, page 30
Special day: More than 50 bowlers with disabilities and their carers converged on the Benalla Bowls Club for the club’s annual disability sports day last week.