Charity Match Aug 2015
I am proud to announce that this years 24hr Charity Match at Lakeside was a great success with 19 competitors taking place, and all but two were successful in catching. The weather was very kind to us all weekend and many laughs were enjoyed by all.
We managed to raise around £700 towards this years chosen charity, which is the children’s Ward at QA Hospital. We are hopeful that in addition to this amount, the money raised from the 2 memorial matches will take this amount to around £1500.
My thanks go to those individuals who not only gave up their time but also their money to take part in such a great event. I am fortunate to have a nucleus of people who have supported this event for the last four years, and this year we were joined by our first female Paula and Junior member William. Among the rest were some newcomers, and it was great to see them and hope they enjoyed the occasion.
My eternal thanks go to the many people and business’s who were very generous with some fantastic raffle prizes ranging from helicopter ride for 2, PDAS membership, tackle voucher, bedchair, bait, bottles of spirit, rods, reels and umbrellas. Without their generosity, this event would never be such a success, and their constant support each year has to be both admired and applauded.
If anyone wants to join in the fun next year, please look out for the advert in the handbook, and be part of the fantastic bunch of people who help others in their time of need.
Plans for 2015!
We were given the task of choosing between 4 very worthy causes and it wasn’t easy this year.
The causes were Jacks 1st steps fund, Hants & IOW Helimed (Mike Bonathon), British Heart Foundation (local girl appeal) and Queen Alexandra Children’s Ward.
After a long debate it was decided to split the money raised at the Charity match and the 3 memorial matches between QA Children’s ward and The British Heart Foundation.
It was a difficult decision but considering that the charity match is a relatively new thing for the Club,(3 years) it is rewarding for all who take part, and great to see others benefit from the work and dedication of those who organise and support these events.