Lots of fun and funds for a good cause
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.