Massive support for Fraser Coast charity bowls day

THE Fraser Coast community rallied together in Urangan on Friday to help Hervey Bay local Chris Wicks raise funds ahead of his epic 798km jet ski trek next year.

What a show! Hervey Bay local Chris Wicks raised more than $30,000 Variety – The Children’s Charity at a fun bowls day in Urangan. PHOTO: Brendan Bowers / FC Sports Media.

Chris is taking part in the 2022 Yamaha Variety Jet Trek in support of Variety – The Children’s Charity.

To compete in the event, Chris committed to raising at least $2,500.

Variety – The Children’s Charity helps Australian kids who are sick, disadvantaged or living with a disability so that they can live life to the fullest.

Not being one to miss out on a challenge, Chris organised a charity bowls day at the Urangan Bowls Club.

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Nearly 50 teams entered the tournament – with hundreds of people taking a day off work to hit the greens.

Chris smashed his target out of the park, raising a whopping $33,000.

It was a sea of red at the Urangan Bowls Club on Friday. Well done to everyone who helped raise money for Variety – The Children’s Charity. PHOTO: Brendan Bowers / FC Sports Media.

“It meant so much to have businesses and individuals come down to the club today to support this event,” said Chris.

With a smile from ear to ear, Chris said he was blown away by the support.

“The Fraser Coast came out in numbers which just says so much about our community. But there were also people who travelled from Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and even Murphys Creek, outside Toowoomba.”

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Some 38 prizes were donated by local companies to keep participants entertained throughout the day.

“I just want to say a big thank you to everyone who got involved. It’s humbling to have had you all down at the bowls club.”

The 2022 Yamaha Variety Jet Trek will see participants mission by jet ski from Mackay to Port Douglas in March.

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Completed over seven days, the trek includes five full days on the water, so its no easy feat.

Chris said he hoped a strong turnout at the fun bowls day would prompt organisers of the trek look at including Hervey Bay in future editions.

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He said having more than 100 jet ski riders and their crews stop over in Hervey Bay for a day or two would be great for local business and the Fraser Coast economy.

For a full gallery of the fun bowls day, click through to our sporting partner, FC Sports Media.

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