The football-netball club has raised more than five times its target to donate to Bowel Cancer Australia.GEORDIE COWAN June 13, 2014 3:11am
Cohuna Kangas Football Netball Club held a neon netball marathon last weekend to raise money for Bowel Cancer Australia. Photo submitted
More than $17,000 has been raised for Bowel Cancer Australia by Cohuna Kangas Football Netball Club after it held a neon netball marathon last weekend.
Playing netball games continuously from 7pm Saturday to 7am Sunday, 237 netballers took part in the event at Cohuna.
Dwarfing its initial target of $3000, organiser and Kangas A grade coach Catrina Robinson said she had been overwhelmed by the response.
‘‘We’ve had two women in the club recently struck down by bowel cancer,’’ she said.
‘‘We normally support Pink Ladies Day, but we decided to support bowel cancer this year considering it hit our club so hard.
‘‘We were overwhelmed by the support from the community and neighbouring communities.’’
The concept of the night was inspired by the two women affected being so passionate about netball and an ideal way to honour them.
Another member of the football club, who was to be the guest speaker, died from bowel cancer about two weeks before the event.
‘‘The community has been affected as a whole, not just our club,’’ Robinson said.
‘‘One thing we noticed was how many people are affected by bowel cancer, more so than other cancers in the area.’’
The club raised funds through donations, registration fees, a cake stall, raffles, spinning wheels and sponsorship, with people still dropping in money this week.
Robinson said there was a fantastic atmosphere throughout the night, with many of the participants former residents who returned for the marathon.
‘‘There was a real community spirit and the atmosphere was amazing all night for all involved, whether you were playing or watching,’’ she said.
Despite relatively mild weather conditions, those remaining overnight struggled from about 5am onwards, but 66 people were left standing when the marathon finished at 7am.
The club would look at holding such an event again, but most likely every second year.
To donate, visit www.cohunakangasneonnetball.net.au and follow the links.
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