Whooper Lane and Richard Handley promote sun safety on the green in their hats.
Whooper Lane and Richard Handley promote sun safety on the green in their hats. Ebony Graveur

Sunday bowls event for fun and charity

DALBY Bowls Club is welcoming players of all levels to join in for a day of good fun this Sunday.

"It's going to be a fun day and anyone who wants to come along should - they don't have to be bowlers,” said event organiser and Cancer Council spokesman Richard Handley.

"They'll get plenty of advice on the field, that's for sure. It's not difficult but it is fun.”

While fun is a good enough reason to justify bowls on a Sunday, especially on a day predicted to be a mellow 24 degrees, the deal is sweetened by the fact that attendees will be supporting a cause that affects 50per cent of people, according to Cancer Council research.

The Cancer Council Dalby Branch is hosting the event to raise funds to help it provide support to people and family members affected by cancer.

Dalby Bowls Club president Whooper Lane believes cancer affects more people than statistics account for.

"I believe that 90per cent of people are touched with cancer at some point in their lives,” Mr Lane said.

The cost associated with cancer is greater than just the medical bill and the Cancer Council aims to help with those costs.

The day is set to kick off at 1pm, following a suggested 12.30pm arrival.

The entry cost of $15 covers the game itself, afternoon tea, a sausage sizzle and activities.

After barefoot bowls, attendees will be treated to a novelty event.

"We'll then stop for afternoon tea,” Mr Handley said.

"We have a number of great prizes for the raffles.”

The raffles will be drawn following the afternoon tea.

A sausage sizzle and some relaxation and socialising will top off the day.

Social bowls attendee Robin Hughes is looking forward to Sunday.

"I hope to be going - it's bowls,” he said. "I love it.”

The idea came about when members of the Cancer Council noticed that funds from bowls events had been donated to the Cancer Council.

"Our idea of a bowls day came from the Mercantile bowls. It's to encourage people who don't play bowls to come along,” Mr Handley said.

"A few times the people who have won the prize have donated the money back to the Cancer Council. We thought we'd have a bowls day of our own.”

Mr Handley said new players were encouraged.

"After you've had a couple of games you'll think, 'I've got this',” he said.

"It's all about fundraising, having fun and cancer awareness.”

Players are encouraged to call ahead to put their names in or nominate a team of four on 46624412.


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