Gunnedah Bowling and Services Club host charity bowls day to raise funds for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service

ALL FOR A GOOD CAUSE: The team of Robyn Styles, John Ceissman and Kylie Short from Tambar Springs SES are presented with the miners lantern trophy at the charity bowls day by members of the Gunnedah Volunteer Support Group. Photo: Supplied
ALL FOR A GOOD CAUSE: The team of Robyn Styles, John Ceissman and Kylie Short from Tambar Springs SES are presented with the miners lantern trophy at the charity bowls day by members of the Gunnedah Volunteer Support Group. Photo: Supplied

More than 50 people took to the Gunnedah Services and Bowling club on Saturday to raise funds for the Westpace Rescue Helicopter Service.

The annual Miners, Suppliers and Community Charity Bowls day saw 14 teams of four battle it out for the coveted miners lantern trophy.

Kim Newling a volunteer coordinator for the helicopter service said the event was a great fundraiser for the service.

“Thanks to the support of the Gunnedah Mining and Suppliers annual bowls day, approximately $27,000 was raised through sponsorship, donations, raffle and and auction,”  Ms Newling said.

“Along with the generosity of the sponsors, players and the Gunnedah Services & Bowling Club, the Gunnedah Fishing Club donated $2,000 to the volunteer group on the day.

“All of the funds raised from the day and all funds raised across Northern NSW helps to ensure that no one will ever have to pay to be assisted by the service.”

Ms Newling praised the efforts of the Gunnedah Voulenteer Support Group for organising the event.

“This event is operated by the Gunnedah Volunteer Support Group and are representing our Service with great passion and enthusiasm and we thank all of the volunteers across all of the 16 Support Groups in our region who provide such amazing support to our Service.”

The miners lantern was taken out by the team of Robyn Styles, John Ceissman, Kylie Short who represented the Tambar Springs SES.