Charity bowls day raises $3400 for Guide Dogs
A charity bowling day on Sunday, May 1, at the Ettalong Bowling Club has raised an $3400 for Guide Dogs Australia.
Central Coast Volunteer Support Group publicity officer Ms Lynne Lillico said: "The sun shone, and a number of Ettalong Club bowlers and Pearl Beach Bowlers with representatives from Guide Dogs head office joined together and enjoyed a fun-filled morning of exciting and competitive bowls.
"Four clients with their guide dogs and other members of the Central Coast Volunteer Support Group, which was formed in 1982, managed a merchandise stall in the lobby of the club.
"The group shared their experiences with visitors and discuss how Guide Dogs provide services to help people with low vision and blindness.
"Friends and visitors enjoyed the club facilities and generously supported the auction of a Central Coast water scene painted by Pearl Beach artist Marijke Greenway.
"This was followed by the raffle with a variety of prizes donated by local businesses and friends which created a frenzy of ticket sales."
Guide Dogs fundraising manager Mr Gary Bristow presented a new "Donation Model Dog" to the club to replace a much loved but very old dog, said Ms Lillico.
Bowlers and visitors suggested a variety of unusual and interesting names for the new dog.
The final choice of Champ was unanimously accepted.
Support group president Ms Merran Rudder said: "With the cost to breed, train and raise one life-changing guide dog costing $50,000, every dollar from the community counts.
"Guide Dogs NSW-ACT only receives minimal government funding.
"We appreciate the Central Coast community who continue to visit our stalls."
Pictured are Guide Dog client Ms Angela Allen with Piper, Mr Bristow with Ettalong Bowling Club member Ms Julie Vale who named the new Model Dog Champ.
Media release, 11 May 2022
Lynne Lillico, Central Coast Support Group