by Claudia Williams
LAWN BOWLS: Bowlers came from throughout Queensland to Wondai to play in a two day carnival in support of the bowls division of the Wondai Country Club.
Organiser of the event and secretary of the combined Wondai Country Club, Evan O'Rourke, was thankful for the support from the 64 bowlers who participated outside clubs as well as clubs within the South Burnett.
"I travel around to different clubs a lot to compete, have a good time meet new people and to support other clubs and hope that they will come back and support us,” O'Rourke said.
"Seeing the money other clubs can raise through two day carnivals I thought why don't we have one here.
"It is good for the town as well with 20 blokes staying in town.”
The club runs different carnivals throughout the year but the weekends two day carnival was the biggest event the club has held in recent years.
Chairman of the combined Wondai Country Club, Winston Burrows, said the money raised from the carnival will put back into the club.
"It was a wonderful sight this morning to see them bowling,” Burrows said.
"It is going to help the club immensely in finance which we desperately need.
"Unfortunately with golf and bowls together here you have got a large expense with keeping both the bowling green and the golf greens up to a high standard.
"They will see the results of days like this with the money being spent on the green.
"The money will be well spent in doing renovations to the bowling green.
"We intend to laser this particular bowling green again this year to bring it up to being level.”
Burrows acknowledges the dedication of the volunteers at the club which allow carnivals to be held.
"I have a deep appreciation for the volunteers at the club,” he said.
"A couple of chaps that are volunteers they work anywhere from 60 to 100 hours a week.”
The club aims to encourage more young people to become involved and have the people and expertise to show them how to play bowls and golf.