Flappers, cricketers raise funds for cancer centre

THE glitz and glamour of the roaring ’20s and the whack of leather against willow were each used on the weekend to raise money for Peter’s Project.

The roaring ’20s came to Warrnambool on Friday night when The Gallery nightclub held a Great Gatsby party to support Peter’s Project, which is raising funds for the South West Radiotherapy Centre.

The Gallery co-owner Susie Porter said she was happy with the attendance at the Great Gatsby party but a larger crowd would have been even more appreciated. 

“The Tabasco jazz band was amazing. Everybody danced,” Ms Porter said.

Patrons took up the roaring ’20s theme with enthusiasm, dressing accordingly and having their pictures taken with vintage cars or in a photo booth.

Melissa’s Hip Hop Dance group thrilled the crowd with a flash mob dance routine to the tune of A Little Party Never Killed Nobody.

The Great Gatsby party follows another recent Peter’s Project fund-raiser The Gallery hosted, Cocktails for Cancer.

Ms Porter said proceeds from the night were still to be determined.

Leather on willow was the aim but not always the outcome in a charity cricket game that produced a lot of laughs at Dennington Recreation Reserve yesterday.

The cricket game and a gala night on Saturday that involved many team members who played yesterday raised more than $10,000 for Peter’s Project and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Charity cricket game co-organiser Liam Fitzgerald said about 100 people attended the gala night at the Lady Bay function room, where an auction of donated goods and services raised more than $10,000.

Yesterday’s cricket match enjoyed great support, with many cricketers from the Grassmere and Warrnambool and District cricket associations taking part. The day featured exhibition overs by a WDEA backyard cricket team and veteran local cricketers Kevin White, 75, and John ‘Jakes’ McDonald, 84.

The principal Twenty20 game between two composite teams was a lighthearted affair where fun rather than winning was the goal.

Match supporter Fred Chatfield said many of those involved in the game had a cancer story involving themselves or a loved one. They were keen to support Peter’s Project because they knew of the big disruption receiving treatment outside of Warrnambool inflicted on people’s lives, he said.

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