Lots of fun and funds for a good cause

McIvor Times - - LOCAL CLASSIES -

DUBBED the MND Su­per­chal­lenge by its op­ti­mistic or­gan­is­ers, a unique and en­ter­tain­ing tour­na­ment be­came a great Aus­tralia Day event for bowlers at Heath­cote Bowl­ing Club.

With per­fect weather and greens, each com­pet­ing team in­cluded a bowler that does not play pen­nant, an in­no­va­tive for­mat that en­cour­aged peo­ple to try out lawn bowls.

The com­pe­ti­tion was keen, if at times er­ratic and oc­ca­sion­ally hi­lar­i­ous, as the ex­pe­ri­enced team­mates tried to coach the new bowlers.

The event was the se­cond an­nual ef­fort by the Heath­cote Bowl­ing Club to raise funds and aware­ness of Mo­tor Neu­rone Dis­ease, with last year’s 24-hour bowls marathon be­ing a fundrais­ing suc­cess.

The four games, each last­ing ex­act- ly one hour and 30 sec­onds, took a total of 242 min­utes.

The fig­ure forms part of the Cure for MND Foun­da­tion’s “2-for-2” cam­paign, high­light­ing that two peo­ple are di­ag­nosed with MND each day and two peo­ple die from MND each day in Aus­tralia.

Mem­ber for Euroa Steph Ryan dropped in on her way be­tween a myr­iad of Aus­tralia Day func­tions, and once the high heels were off, she slot­ted in to take her turn as a new­bie bowler.

Ap­par­ently it was a lit­tle less stress­ful in the kitchen when she called in to see the ladies who pre­pared lunch for the play­ers. Or­gan­is­ers kept the play­ers hy­drated with a bar­row-load of drinks around the greens, and there was plenty of food and laugh­ter.

Spon­sors were keen to get be­hind the MND fund-rais­ing and were ex­cep­tion­ally gen­er­ous. A group of lo­cal ladies had made a mag­nif­i­cent quilt, which was raf­fled along with many bot­tles of pre­mium Heath­cote wine and other goods.

More than $4000 was raised on the day and the team which won the event was from Stan­hope. But in the end, ev­ery­one was a win­ner for be­ing in­volved in fundrais­ing for MND Vic­to­ria.

Get­ting ready to roll — 60 bowlers took part in the MND Su­per­chal­lenge on Aus­tralia Day at Heath­cote Bowl­ing Club.

Paul Ma­son, Krys­tal Eick­ert, Mark Jack­son, Meg Glee­son, Tim Glee­son and Brett Mathieson.

The ac­tion was fast and fu­ri­ous on the green.

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