24 hours of bowling nets nearly $8,000 for hospital

The Cowichan Lawn Bowling Club’s first-ever bowl-a-thon raised close to $8,000 for the Cowichan District Hospital Foundation.

The Cowichan Lawn Bowling Club’s first-ever 24-hour bowl-a-thon earlier this month raised close to $8,000 for the Cowichan District Hospital Foundation, with more money still trickling in.

“We feel this has been a very successful first event at raising funds for CDH Foundation,” Cowichan club spokesperson Roy Smith said.

Duncan Mayor Phil Kent kicked off the event on Friday with a game against Jen Ali, the stepdaughter of club member and national silver medallist Gord Fall. Fall also took on former Canadian champion Hirendra Bhartu of Nanaimo in a short game to demonstrate their skills.

At the conclusion of the event, Harold Wallace of main sponsor H.W. Wallace Cremation & Burial Centre presented a cheque for $1,000 to foundation representative Denise McKinlay.

The Cowichan Valley Shrine Club was on hand to provide bowlers with lunch and dinner on Friday and breakfast on Saturday.

“Their efforts were very much appreciated,” Smith said.

The club is looking at repeating the fundraiser in the future.

“It looks very likely at this time,” Smith said. “There is already talk about doing it again next year.”