Barefoot bowlers take off their shoes for a worthy cause

BAREFOOT bowlers of the Rosny Park Bowls Club have put their best foot forward to support a local charity.

The group picked Ronald McDonald House Hobart as its organisation of choice.

During the season the group raised funds through raffles, collections and small fines for minor indiscretions on the green, which Barefoot Bowls coordinator John Boatwright said was “all in good fun.”

“We looked for a charity that would help Tasmanians, especially in Hobart because that’s where we are all from,” he said.

“We got a big cheer from all the bowlers when Ronald McDonald House was suggested, so it seemed to be a popular choice.

“Everyone likes to donate to a worthwhile charity.”

Ronald McDonald House Hobart manager Carla Yahaya said the “wonderful and generous” donation would cover the costs of family nights in the house.

“Fundraising and donations ensure that we are able to keep the house operational and the doors open to future families requiring the same support during their time of need,” she said.

“Being away from home and their jobs puts significant financial pressure on families and being able to cover or support their accommodation during this time is key to keeping them close to their loved one.”

Ronald McDonald House Hobart supports Tasmanian families with seriously ill or injured children.

Operating for 20 years, the charity has supported more than 7000 Tasmanian families.

The Rosny Park Bowls Club hosts a social Barefoot Bowls competition every Wednesday evening from October to April.

For more information, phone John on 0407 430 145.

Caption: Barefoot bowlers Vicki Bygrave and John Boatwright pictured with Carla Yahaya from Ronald McDonald House (middle) at the presentation of the donation.