Posted 25 May 2018 3:10pm

A recent ‘autism wellbeing’ charity bowls day staged by the Weston Creek Labor Club has yielded a major windfall for the Ricky Stuart Foundation.

With 42 teams of four players participating, the April event, sponsored by Rolfe Volvo Phillip and IGT, delivered a cheque of $36,201 to the Foundation, whose fund-raising activities have so far contributed to two state-of-the-art autism respite centres being built in Canberra. Last year, the club’s inaugural bowls day event tipped more than $34,000 into the Foundation’s coffers.

Ricky Stuart, chairman of the Ricky Stuart Foundation, whose daughter Emma suffers from autism, described Weston Creek Labor Club’s support as “an amazing initiative by a club renowned for its strong community spirit and commitment”.

“It was a pleasure to take part myself and to mix with so many wonderful people who dug deep to support our Foundation,” the Canberra Raiders head coach said.

Ian Whybrow, the club’s bowls and events co-ordinator, said Weston Creek Labor Club was delighted to support a charity-based Foundation with a continuing success rate of building facilities to ease the burden on those affected by autism and their families.

“This year’s result is a clear indicator that the community is prepared to jump aboard to support important projects that enhance and improve people’s lives,” he said.

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