Beanie fashion on the bowling greens raises impressive donation

Tenterfield Ladies Bowls president Penny Stanbridge and secretary Kay Hurtz were well kitted out for Beanies for Brain Cancer day at the Bowling Club.
Tenterfield Ladies Bowls president Penny Stanbridge and secretary Kay Hurtz were well kitted out for Beanies for Brain Cancer day at the Bowling Club.

When the lady bowlers decide to put on a fundraiser, they go all out. Thanks to their efforts, an astounding $1750 was raised on Wednesday, May 15 for Beanies for Brain Cancer.

There should be more to add to the tally with around 50 hand-knitted beanies still available at the Bowling Club for $10 each, for those feeling a little chilled around the ears.

"I said if we do this we'll need some beanies, and the hands went up," Ladies Bowls president Penny Stanbridge said.

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More contributions came from local shops in cash and kind, from passing around the bucket at the Bowling Club and the Tenterfield Tavern and from personal contributions. The Bowling Club also donated the green fees for the day, and matched that value in a donation. There were also proceeds from a sausage sizzle on the day and raffles of donated items.

Mrs Stanbridge said she left a shoe box on the bar for three weeks, and it alone collected $155.

She thanked the shop owners, locals and visitors alike for their great support, for such a worthy cause. She has cancer in her family and knows well the devastation it can cause, and the need to fund research.

Beanies for Brain Cancer is an initiative of the Mark Hughes Foundation following Mark's diagnosis in 2013. Brain cancer tends to be a young person's disease, killing more children than any other disease and taking the lives of more people under 40 in Australia than any other cancer.

Yet brain cancer receives less than five percent of government cancer research funding, according to the foundation, which has set out to change this with the help of community groups like Tenterfield's lady bowlers.

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