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Oz day special: Marathon of bowls

By McIvor Times

HEATHCOTE will set the scene for a lawn bowls record attempt on the Australia Day weekend when Melbourne couple Daniel and Stacey Woodrow bid to become the first husband and wife team to complete a 24-hour bowls marathon to raise money for charity.

The couple, who married late last year and spent their honeymoon trekking on the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea, have accepted a challenge from the Heathcote-based Never Give Up group to take part in the marathon.

The 24-hour event is another in a growing list of innovative events organised by the NGU group to raise money to help the fight against Motor Neurone Disease.

Daniel and Stacey are no strangers to Heathcote and district — they recently were special guests at an MND Awareness night at the Heathcote Golf Club as well as taking part in other MND fundraising events in recent years.

This year, the 24-hour marathon will also be raising money for Pancare, a support group for sufferers with pancreatic cancer.

A special quilt and a locally hand-crafted table created for the occasion are major raffle prizes now on display at the Heathcote Post Office, which is supporting the fund-raising effort.

Post office proprietors Rhonda and Brian Linnell are passionate supporters of the Pancare cause and are urging their customers to get behind the fund-raising.

This years 24-hour marathon will be held on Australia Day, Saturday, January 26, starting at 1 pm and going through until 1 pm on the Sunday.

Daniel and Stacey will play in a variety of bowls formats over the 24 hours, with organisers working on arranging feature attractions involving top line bowlers.

NGU group president Brian Taylor said the group was grateful to Stacey and Daniel for taking up the challenge.

“Now we need the people of Heathcote and district to put up their hands to play against the couple in the record attempt,” he said.

Mr Taylor said with Bendigo Bowls Division not playing pennant on the Australia Day weekend, bowlers and non-bowlers would have the opportunity to play against the couple in the 24-hour event.

Mr Taylor said the NGU group was planning a gala two-day event in support of the record attempt.

The weekend will officially kick off with a brief Australia Day ceremony at the bowls club in the lead-up to the 24-hour event starting at 1 pm, with other supporting bowls events to be held on the Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.

It is understood that the $1000 Grand Bowls event, which was spectacularly successful last Australia Day, will again be held.

Mr Taylor said more details on the exciting fundraising events would be available in the coming weeks.