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A-Day bowls gives back to community

Bourke Bowling Club Secretary Manager Lacey Orcher receiving the donation on behalf of Mason Hardy, from A-Day Bowls coordinator Victor Bartley. Photo TWH

Mason Hardy rings the bell marking 12 months since commencing his cancer treatment at The Childrens Hospital at Westmead. Photo contributed

Two local charities were the lucky recipients of the proceeds of the successful 2021 A-Day bowls tournament.

The Blue Robinson Foundation and Mason Hardy received $1,185.40 each.

The annual event held at the Bourke Bowling Club during NAIDOC week, is coordinated by local identity Victor Bartley, with the generous support of the Bourke community.

Victor said he was very pleased with the turnout of bowlers on the day, plus their sportsmanship and generosity.

“The day was another spectacular community event and everyone had a fabulous time.

“The generosity shown across the community helped achieve the substantial amount of funds distributed to these two charities.

“After costs, a total of $2,370.80 was raised, and divided between the two charities,” Victor said.

Maree Weldon from Touch for Beauty received the donation on behalf of the Blue Robinson Foundation.

Maree said the Foundation were thrilled to receive the funds, which all goes back into the community supporting people undergoing cancer treatment.

“Thank you for always supporting our Blue Robinson Foundation. This money helps save lives and communities.

“Every little bit of money helps our families.

“When you are experiencing cancer treatment there is always an emotional, physical and financial burden. This can at least help lessen the financial burden faced by cancer sufferers,” Maree said.

The Blue Robinson Foundation supports families from Bourke who are faced with the challenge of travelling to receive cancer treatment.

Maree encourages any Bourke families who find themselves in this situation to contact the Blue Robinson Foundation for confidential support.

Bourke Bowling Club Secretary Manager Lacey Orcher received the donation of $1,185.40 on behalf of Mason Hardy and his mother Nicole Hyland.

On hearing the news of the donation, Nicole was overwhelmed by the continued support from the Bourke community.

“Twelve months down the track we are still here in Sydney, and you guys are still thinking of us.

“A massive thank you to the Bourke Bowling Club and the wonderful community, for your continued support and generosity.

“Without you, this horrible journey would have been a lot harder, and we don’t know how to thank you enough,” Nicole said.

It is 12 months since Mason was diagnosed and admitted to hospital in Sydney.

Nicole says Mason has undergone his final sessions of high-risk chemotherapy which is awesome.

“He still has another twelve months of chemo ahead, and we will be in Sydney for at least four to six months, maybe the whole twelve months, it all just depends on how it goes.

“Mason will also have a lot of rehabilitation treatment yet.

“Unfortunately, Mason has been readmitted to hospital again, so it’s a day-by-day thing for us,” Nicole said.

Victor Bartley presenting the Blue Robinson Foundation donation to Maree Weldon. Photo TWH

For people wanting to donate to Mason’s treatment costs, a GoFundMe site is at


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