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Benalla Collective hosts barefoot bowls for bushfire victims

By Simon Ruppert

The Benalla Collective has decided to make its annual barefoot bowls social day a fundraiser for victims of recent bushfires.

For those in town unaware of the collective, it is a social group for young professionals that was started by Steph Ryan, Genevieve Gleadow and Rachel Tharratt.

The reins have since been passed to a committee of five: Blake Smith, Shannon Tharratt, Bridget Evans, Shonae Flynn and Tiffany Nicholas.

Shannon Tharratt said that since taking on the management of the group, the committee had been looking at ways to include community fundraisers into their events.

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“The Benalla Collective, on reflection of recent and current bushfires, is excited to kick off the 2020 event calander with our annual barefoot bowls,” Ms Tharratt said.

“And we decided we would like to utilise this annual event to fundraise for fire-affected communities.

“And despite the Benalla Collective being a social group aimed at 20- to 40-year-olds in Benalla, this event is an open invitation to all ages.

Bridget Evans, Shonae Flynn, Blake Smith and Tiffany Nicholas

“It will be family friendly and will include a sausage sizzle; it should be a fun family day out.

“If you're not keen to bowl you can pop along and enjoy the barbecue with drinks at bar prices, lawn games, a DJ and live entertainment.”

Ms Tharratt said the event could not happen without support from the community.

“Thank you to the unbelievable generosity of the Moira Benalla Club, for not only donating the venue but also making a monetary donation,” Ms Tharratt said.

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“Thanks to everyone who has agreed to volunteer on the day, to Beaton's Butcher, Fruits N Fare and the Ensign.

The Benalla Collective barefoot bowls will be held at the Moira Benalla Bowls Club on Saturday, February 22 from 4 pm.

Entry is $10 on the door for adults and $5 for under 12s, with all funds raised going to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal.

For more details visit @benalla collective on Facebook or phone Shannon Tharratt on 0487 448 150.