Shepparton Park Bowls Club is holding its annual St Patrick’s Day charity tournament tomorrow with the hope of raising $5000 for non-for-profit volunteer-run group Shepparton Foodshare.
More than 150 bowlers have already signed up to play in the tournament, now in its 28th year, which has raised close to $80000 for local charities in the region since its inception.
Committee member and avid bowler Ron Holland is encouraging everyone and anyone to get down to the greens for the event, which is being held a day ahead of the official St Patrick’s Day.
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Demand for help from Shepparton Foodshare has grown more than 15 per cent this year, but the group is running out of funds to keep it running.
‘‘We are hoping to raise at least $5000 for the group because they’re a really worthy cause that do some amazing work in the region,’’ Shepparton Park charity day committee chairman David Slingo said.
Shepparton Foodshare co-ordinator Ron Nicholls said the funding would help keep the not-for-profit volunteer-run group going for at least another month.
‘‘It’s so nice to know there are people out there donating to a worthy cause and helping to feed people in necessitous situations,’’ he said.
Foodshare collects donated food from supermarkets, stores it and redistributes it to people in need, such as emergency relief agencies or church groups, school groups and the like.
Mr Nicholls said there were 13 families living rough near Shepparton who depended on Foodshare.
‘‘They’re weekly beneficiaries of ours and without us they’d go hungry,’’ he said.
The bowling club had been conducting the annual tournament for the past 27 years to raise funds and during that period close to $80000 had been raised, Mr Slingo said.
‘‘We currently have 152 bowlers down to play and we’re keen for everyone to come down and help support this event which will in turn support Foodshare,’’ he said.
Funds will be raised through raffles on the day, with $3000 worth of prizes up for grabs and an entry fee of $10 into the tournament, Mr Slingo said.
Those wishing to join tomorrow’s event, a day ahead of the official St Patrick’s Day, can join the bowling tournament by calling David Slingo on 0428231659