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Posted on 10 October, 2019 in CommunityNews

Charity Bowls Day boosts Hastings Cancer Trust Funds

By Martin Bronwyn

The Westport Women’s Bowling Club’s Charity bowls day brings together a great mix of experienced and non-bowlers for a fun day of light entertainment on the bowling greens.

This year’s event, held on 22 September, continued the tradition of raising funds for the Hastings Cancer Trust. Their efforts didn’t disappoint with $1,500 raised to support the Trust’s aim to enhance the quality of cancer care in our region.

The partnership between the Women’s Club and Hastings Cancer Trust began in 2011.  In presenting the cheque today to Steve Thomas, from the Hastings Cancer Trust, Di Parry, the Women’s Club President, said, “since 2011 our Club has donated $16,825 to the Trust”. “This money stays local and we know that some of our members have directly benefitted from the money given for specialist equipment or services donated by the Trust.”

“Our Club’s generosity over the past 12 months has encompassed other donations including $335 to the NSW Cancer Council raised at our Biggest Morning Tea event, and $500 each donated to Sailability and Riding for the Disabled.”  “This demonstrates the community spirit amongst our members and those who support our fundraising events, we should feel very proud” Mrs Parry said.

Supporting local cancer patients and their carers

In accepting the donation, Mr Thomas, gave an informative talk about what the Hastings Cancer Trust does and how their grants support services in the Hastings, Macleay and Camden Haven areas.  “Our programs continue to support the treatment for locals, locally” Mr Thomas explained.  “The grants help to bridge the gap in government funding to ensure that our region is able to provide the most up to date treatment of various cancers locally instead of patients having to travel to a capital city”.

New grants from the Hastings Cancer Trust will be announced on 14 November.  Previously the Trust has funded couches for Rotary Lodge at the Base Hospital, covered rental costs for the Port Macquarie Breast Cancer Support Group, and co-funded a portable bedside ultrasound device for the Cancer Treatment ward at Port Macquarie Base Hospital.

Bowls at The Westport Club

The Westport Women’s Bowling Club is always looking to welcome new players and these fundraising events are a wonderful introduction to the fun and friendship lawn bowls provides.  For further information on the Club please visit The Westport Club’s website:  www.thewestportclub.com.au

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