PNBC’s inaugural fund-raising tournament for the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter service on Sunday (October 7) was deemed a success by all those involved – the organisers, helpers, supporters, sponsors and players.
Twenty-four teams, including one from Wanganui, gathered in perfect conditions (a miracle in itself considering the gale-force winds, cold and squalls that had swept Manawatu the day before) for the event, which comprised four games of 1hr 20 duration.
PNBC president Steve Toms welcomed the players, as did the tournament instigator, long-time club member Paul Rowe, who has had first-hand experience of the helicopter’s valuable presence.
All proceeds from the day went to the cause, including money raised from raffles and three auctioned items – a magnum of champagne from The Mill Liquorsave, an eye test and frames voucher from Specsavers and a gift basket from Tower Insurance. Significant sponsorship support was also received from the Masonic Trust’s bowls adjutant and LJ Hooker Palmerston North.
Although it was a mufti day, it didn’t lessen the competitiveness on the greens (the standard of which drew much praise), with the three placegetters having to win all four games.
Northern, whose Palmerston North Hospice tournament has set the benchmark for such fund-raising bowling tournaments, provided the winning combination – Kevin Suisted, Julianne Mills, Mere Fryer and Derek McKee.
The runners-up were Palmerston North’s Lindsay Toms, Paul Rowe, Dean Gilshnan and Alan Morley, while Terry Rossiter, Lawrie Gordon, Terry Curtis and John Osborne, of Takaro, claimed third prize.
Steve Toms was delighted with the day and expected about $4000 to be raised for the Rescue Helicopter. PNBC is planning to make the fund-raiser an annual event.