Bowlers from Umina Beach, Everglades and Ettalong Men’s Bowling Clubs are preparing to hold their 2019 Peninsula Charity Bowls Day events throughout June.
Collectively, the three clubs have raised almost $100,000 over eight years since they first came together with the common goal of raising money for patients undergoing treatment and care for prostate and other urological cancers at Gosford and Wyong Hospitals.
The 2018 Peninsula Bowls Days raised a combined total of $16,000, which was donated to Central Coast Local Health District to purchase a ureteroscope and laparoscopic instruments for Gosford Hospital.
Members of the bowling clubs visited Gosford Hospital in May to learn how these pieces of equipment would be used.
“A ureteroscope allows the urologist to look into the ureter and operate on stones as well biopsy and destroy tumours in the ureter,” District Urologist, Dr Fin Macneil, said.
“Laparoscopic instruments enable operations on abdominal organs through small incisions, keyhole surgery, whilst viewed with a camera inserted into the abdomen.
This allows quicker recovery from these operations, often in about a third of the time of open operations on the kidney.
“Once again, the bowlers and their respective clubs and supporters, have provided funding for equipment that is of great benefit to our patients and we are very grateful to the bowlers for raising the money to purchase these items,” Dr Macneil said.
Peninsula Bowls Day organiser and Umina Beach Men’s Bowling Club member, Ian Jarratt, said their annual fundraiser was held in memory of the late, Ron Pursehouse, a former member who had prostate cancer.
“It has always been a cause very close to our hearts as we do it in honour of Ron every year and to help other cancer patients,” Jarratt said.
“I’d like to thank the other clubs for being part of it all and the community who consistently support us year after year.”
Each club will hold their own event, with Everglades kicking things off on June 15, followed by Umina Beach on June 20 and Ettalong on June 27.
Media release, Jun 4
Central Coast Local Health District Media