HATS off to the Hospital, was the theme for the Tomaree Community Hospital Auxiliary Barefoot Bowls Fundraiser last week.
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Nelson Bay Bowling Club graciously hosted this fun-filled event, with donated gifts for both winning and losing teams, and a sausage sizzle for all excited bowlers at the end of the tournament.
Creativity saw no limits with the costumes on the day, with the usually sedate bowling greens instead dotted with colour and imagination.
The ‘winning hat’ worn by Debbie Longs featured a medical theme, which included a stethoscope.
Laughter exploded throughout the greens as first time bowlers sent bowls flying in all directions, and blood pressures of seasoned bowlers rose when bowls were called balls.
Many local bowlers looked on in amazement as shouts echoed, and hats flew.
This is the second year the Hospital Auxiliary has held the event, and the support from members, locals and visitors ensured this year was another outstanding success.
President of the Auxiliary, Pauline Faucett, praised the businesses and individuals for their donations for the raffle prizes. She told News Of The Area, “An amazing wine gift pack, Woolworths gift card and bottles of Chandon were gratefully received by winners.”
“Local nurse Debbie was a winner and grinner when she won the winepack, and Debbie’s fellow team of nurses were on hand to accept the wine.”
“Team ‘Edmonds’, led by member Babs Edmonds, were over all bowl team winners.”
“A special thank you goes to members Narelle and Julia and NBBC event coordinator Nichole, as well as her staff, for an excellent job done,”
The Auxiliary is proud of the thirty years of fundraising they have facilitated, and the recent donation of $25,000 for
equipment on the hospital’s wishlist.
Pauline remarked, “This is what the Auxiliary is all about.”
The Auxiliary has now tagged items paid for by the group, showcasing the amazing generosity of the community, and providing a visual reminder of what events like these can equate to for a community hospital. .
The next fundraising event in the Auxiliary calendar is the Novembers Christmas Raffles.
Ticket sales kick off in Nelson Bay Woolworths during the 14-16 November, and again during 28-30 November.
In between the Nelson Bay dates, the group will be in front of Woolworths Salamander Bay during 21-23 November.
Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month at the Tomaree Hospital at 2 Treally St, Nelson Bay.
New members are always welcome.
Contact Yvonne on 0457 693 366 for more information.
By Rachael VAUGHAN