Taking to the green to bowl over cancer
BOWLS: It was a day of mixed emotions for those who took to the green on Sunday for a Chinchilla Cancer Council fundraiser.
Proudly sporting pink and purple attire, 64 players attended the fundraising day hosted at the Chinchilla Bowls Club.
Ladies Bowls Club president Elva Henningsen said the event was especially poignant this year for members.
"The event come around because my husband Ken, who has had cancer treatment, woke up one day and he decided there has been several members of the club that have had cancer or are having or had cancer treatment,” Henningsen said.
"We have lost two members this year with cancer and thought we would get together with the Cancer Council and work on putting together a fundraiser to help them raise some money for research.”
Bowlers paid a $10 green fee which was split between the club and charity, as well as participating in various multi-draw raffles to raise money for the cause.
"The local Cancer Council did an awesome job, as they always do,” Henningsen said.
"We haven't had a charity event in several years and that certainly made a difference, people were very generous.”
As the day served up friendly competition, the winners were drawn at random from a hat.
Kenny Horswood's team prevailed as winners with Paul Schoff's team a close runner-up.
The encouragement award went to Dave Walters and his team.
Prizes were also dealt out to teams and individuals who best embraced the pink and purple clothing theme.
Robert Cook's team was awarded the best-dressed group prize and Nick Collis, Betty Hanley, Chris Dwyer and Bill Reid were recognised for their individual style choices.
"I would say overall the day was quite successful. I had fun and I didn't even play,” Henningsen joked.
"The bowls club calendar becomes quite full ... and it becomes hard to find a day for it, but we are going to work on that in the future.”
Due to one green being being closed for renovation, some teams who turned up for the fundraiser missed out on taking part.
"On behalf of the bowls club, we would like to apologise to those teams hoping to get a game that missed out,” Henningsen said.
"Hopefully next charity day we will have two greens.”
In addition, the bowls club wished to extend a warm thank you to the multitude of people who made the day possible.
"Thank you to anyone that sponsored or donated awards or helped towards the day - it's all helpful,” Henningsen said.
"A special thanks to Glenn and Lyn from Fuzzies.”