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Mooroopna teen bowls over heart problem

Shepparton's StarBowl is organising a tenpin bowling tournament to raise funds for the the Royal Children's Hospital Good Friday Appeal.

ESTELLE GRIEPINK April 15, 2014 3:55am

Jayden Alexander, 16, will compete in a tenpin bowling tournament at Shepparton's Star Bowl that will raise money for the Royal Children's Hospital Good Friday Appeal.


Royal Children’s Hospital patient Jayden Alexander’s severe heart defect means contact sports are out of the question.

It’s why the Mooroopna Secondary College student loves tenpin bowling.

Jayden, 16, has hypoplastic left heart syndrome, which occurs when the left side of the heart is poorly formed and cannot support the main circulation in the body.

He was only two days old when he was flown from Shepparton to Royal Children’s Hospital for his first operation.

‘‘I’ve been (to the hospital) heaps of times — they’re good to me there,’’ he said.

Jayden encouraged people to come along to Star Bowl’s Crazy Doubles fundraising tournament. Proceeds from the day will go towards the hospital’s Good Friday Appeal.

‘‘It would be good if other people supported it so the hospital can buy more equipment to save other people,’’ he said. ‘‘Bowling is a lot of fun.’’

Jayden’s mother Cheryl said her son would not be alive if it was not for the hospital.

‘‘They’re just amazing there, I couldn’t thank them enough,’’ Mrs Alexander said.

Manager Melissa Thompson said deciding to organise a fundraising tournament was easy.

‘‘It means a lot to our families and our bowling community,’’ Ms Thompson said.

‘‘It’s nice to help out where ever we can.’’

The tournament has a pyjama theme.

There will be prize for the best-dressed and an Easter raffle.


Crazy Doubles is at 10am this Friday at Star Bowl, 116 Fryers St, Shepparton. Tickets are $30 a bowler and include lunch.

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