Bob Royal Fishing Comp raises much needed funds for youth counselling service

Arthur Smiley from Anglerz Corner presents Tammy Barak with second prize at Tilligerry RSL. Photo: Tilligerry Peninsula Lions Club.

 

IN true summer style, a day of fishing proved to be an enjoyable way to get out into the sunshine.

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Raising much-needed funds for a community service added a whole new layer of good summer vibes to a pleasant day out on the water.

The annual Bob Royal Fishing Competition, hosted by Tilligerry Peninsula Lions Club, went ahead on 23 and 24 January, a change from the usual mid-January dates in previous years.

Paul Barak took out first place in the open competition, with Tammy Barak coming second.

Youngsters Tyler Morrison, Blade Watson, Nikki Croker and Jorja Kroker took out first and second in the boys and girls heats, catching red spot and sand whiting.

Participants registered at Henderson Park, with fishing permitted between Tilligerry Creek and Tanilba Bay.

Winners were presented with their prizes at a barbecue at Tilligerry RSL.

Lions Club member Bob Royal, who has since passed away, started the fishing competition as a way to get children out of the house and onto the water, rather than sitting inside on devices, organiser and Lions Club member Dirk Kopcsandy explained.

The annual fishing competition is his legacy to the community.

Fewer participants entered the competition this year due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the date change, however this did not spoil fundraising efforts.

With counting yet to be finalised, $2411 has been raised so far to establish a free counselling service for young people aged 10-19 years at the Koorindah Centre in Tanilba Bay, which is nearing completion.

This service is expected to commence in early February.

Mr Kopcsandy stated that the competition was a good day, despite the reduction in participant numbers.

“Hopefully it will be bigger and better next year,” he said.

 

By Alice HENNEN

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