Fundraiser is choice pick

Cockburn Gazette - - NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK 2019 -

CALL­ING bingo num­bers might seem like an easy task, but try rais­ing more than $350,000 a year for a char­ity in the process.

Vol­un­teer Peter Man­war­ing hosts bingo nights three times a week for Con­quer Cys­tic Fi­bro­sis and over the past eight years he has raised more than $1 mil­lion.

The El­len­brook dad has been nom­i­nated for the Com­mu­nity News Peo­ple’s Choice Spirit of Vol­un­teer­ing award for his in­cred­i­ble fundrais­ing ef­forts for the char­ity group.

Com­pris­ing mainly par­ents, rel­a­tives and friends of those fight­ing the ge­netic con­di­tion, Mr Man­war­ing said he was drawn to the char­ity be­cause he wanted to help make a dif­fer­ence.

“Ini­tially when I started out, I didn’t know any­one with cys­tic fi­bro­sis,” he said.

“I just ap­proached the char­ity and asked if I could help and they were over­whelmed and grate­ful.

“Con­quer Cys­tic Fi­bro­sis ap­peals to me as a char­ity be­cause I know that ev­ery sin­gle dol­lar we raise goes di­rectly into re­search.

“It is run by par­ents with chil­dren with cys­tic fi­bro­sis, so I know they care deeply about the cause and will stop at noth­ing to ex­tend the life of not only their chil­dren but oth­ers around the coun­try.”

Mr Man­war­ing said he now had friends who had chil­dren with the con­di­tion.

“When you hear the sto­ries of how chil­dren have sur­vived dou­ble lung trans­plants or even when you hear that they lost their bat­tle with the dis­ease, it not only brings you to tears but it just makes you want to do more to make a dif­fer­ence,’’ he said.

So why bingo?

Mr Man­war­ing and his wife Lisa have been play­ing bingo for more than 20 years and he knew bingo was a fun and in­ter­ac­tive game for all ages.

Held in Mid­dle Swan, Bal­catta and Made­ley, his bingo nights at­tract more than 600 play­ers a week.

“For some peo­ple, this is their only night out. So we try to make it fun for all in­volved,” Mr Man­war­ing said.

“I en­joy see­ing all ages in­ter­act with each other and it gives ev­ery­one a nice night out that doesn’t cost a lot of money. They also get a chance to walk away big win­ners.”

Mr Man­war­ing said he could not run bingo three nights a week and work full-time as a pur­chas­ing of­fi­cer with­out the sup­port of Lisa and team of vol­un­teers.

He said he was hum­bled to be nom­i­nated for the com­mu­nity award.­mu­ni­ d492851

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