SOUTHLAND Multiple Sclerosis Society will reap the rewards of $5200 from a charity bowls tournament.
The Mokoreta Lodge hosted an optional fours event and raised $2600, which was matched dollar-for-dollar by The Freemasons Charity to bump the total to $5200.
Worshipful Master of the Lodge Davey Craig was proud to have raised the funds for the society.
“It’s giving something back to the community,” Mr Craig said.
“MS, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, it’s something people suffer with… it’s [the tournament] a really fun day doing something that’s giving something back for those in the community who are less fortunate than ourselves.”
Freemasons Charity district charity officer Neil O’Rorke said the group was pleased to support the event.
“That’s what Freemasons Charity is about – helping people,” he said.
Lodge secretary and tournament organiser Jimmy Walker said 96 people competed in the tournament and it was the first time in a decade the tournament was played at two greens the Wyndham Bowling Club and Edendale Bowling Club.
“It really took off once George [Gaudin] came on board getting the sponsors’ support. He’s done a great job,” Mr Walker said.
Southland Multiple Sclerosis manager Rachel Hucklebridge played in the tournament.
“I loved it – it was a great time,” Hucklebridge said.
Having the support from the Lodge was “absolutely amazing”.
More than 340 people would benefit from the funds, including family members who required support.