Barefooters provide drive for charity

VARIETY the Children’s Charity Tasmania has partnered with Rosny Park Bowls Club’s barefoot bowls program to raise funds for disadvantaged children in a fun, jovial manner.

A team of barefoot bowlers, consisting of Ben Palmer, Jeff Payne, Matt Carne and Eddie Hidding, banded together to dress a car up in a bowls theme using artificial grass and old bowls for Variety Tasmania.

Meeting at barefoot bowls, the four volunteers put in $2000 each to creating the car, which they hoped would help raise funds for the children’s charity.

“We understood what Variety did for the community in terms of helping kids who had special needs or were disadvantaged,” Mr Palmer said.

“We saw a great deal of benefit in being able to support the organisation in that regard, along with the joviality of participating in the TasBash event to actually visit schools and individuals to see where these go and how they’re used.”

Mr Palmer said the car received positive feedback from the social bowlers and wider community.

“People are really excited to see the car for what it is – a bit of fun, but more importantly supporting those with a disadvantage,” he said.

“The ability to help others that are under privileged or disadvantaged and give them a leg up in life certainly has a lot of feel good about it for myself and my team.”

Mr Palmer said his team had currently raised $3,500, with more than $1000 being raised through the Rosny Park barefoot bowls program.

Barefoot bowls coordinator John Boatwright said the bowls club raised funds through a raffle, donations and a sin bin, where players who bowled a bowl on the wrong bias had to donate a gold coin.

Mr Boatwright said they had raised money for charities in previous years such as the Ronald McDonald House and the Clown Doctors.

“We supported Variety this year because they help support children in need and that’s something we look at,” he said.

Mr Boatwright said the barefoot bowlers were pleased to support such a good cause.

“Win, lose or draw, they don’t care – as long as they had a good night and that’s what we give them,” he said.

Variety Tasmania is an events-based charity providing support for children and families in need through grants.

For more information, visit www.variety.org.au/tas.

Caption: From left, barefoot bowlers and Variety Tasmania volunteers Jeff Payne, Matt Carne, Eddie Hidding and Ben Palmer, and Rosny Park barefoot bowls coordinators Daryl James and John Boatwright with the new bowls-themed car.

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