Donation swings to Oncology

Lawn bowlers from around the Bega Valley have dug deep to support Bega Hospital’s Oncology ward.

The Eden Women’s Bowling Club’s annual charity day was held last November, with 48 participants helping to raise $750.

Bowlers from across the district, including Bega and Tathra, took part on the day.

The event is held each year and money is traditionally donated to a charity in the Eden area.

However, club president Annie Strickland said members decided to look outside the square this year, with the Oncology ward being a popular choice.

On Tuesday, Ms Strickland and EWBC member Leah McKinnon visited the ward to donate the $750 cheque.

Ms Strickland said the Oncology ward was a worthy recipient.

“They just touch all of the community and two of our members have been touched by the unit,” she said.

“We usually donate to a cause in Eden, but we looked a bit broader because they provide services to the wider community, including Eden.”

All clubs in the Far South Coast Bowling Association were invited to take part in the EWBC’s charity day.

The format was fours and Ms Strickland said both women and men enjoyed the event.

Ms Strickland said the money was raised through raffles, hampers, auctions, a swear jar and a “wrong bias” jar.

Wrong bias is when the bowl swings the wrong way intended on the lawn bowls green.

“It was a really great day of bowls,” Ms Strickland said.

Bega Valley Health Service nurse manager Maria Wilson said she was elated about the Eden Women’s Bowling Club’s donation.

Ms Wilson said it was too early to call what the money would be spent on, but it would go towards “helping our clients along their journey”.

“We are grateful and overwhelmed by the ongoing support given from so many people, right up and the coast and down to Eden,” she said.

“This ongoing spirit is fabulous.”

Last September, the Oncology ward received a $2000 cheque from Pambula Motorcycle Show organiser Glenn Cotter to go towards providing blanket warmers for cancer patients.

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