Green’s aching feet raise $71,000 for foundation

LAWN BOWLS

Champion lawn bowler John Green raised almost $1000 per kilometre for his two-day charity walk for the Leukaemia Foundation.

The South Pacific singles champion walked the 75km from his bowling club of Taren Point to former club Corrimal, finishing yesterday and raising more than $71,000 for Lawn Bowlers Supporting Blood Cancer Victims.

‘‘I started this project hoping to raise $20,000. I’m incredibly humbled to have been able to raise as much money as we have,’’ Green said.

He received national support for his charity walk through raffles and donations and a fund-raising website.

‘‘We had donations from every state and territory. Bowls is a national sport and people got involved from every part of Australia,’’ he said.

‘‘I’ve been lucky enough to play with and against bowlers from around Australia and the word-of-mouth support was tremendous.’’

The 50-year-old completed the 75km-route with ease, except for a few dicey minutes headed into Stanwell Tops at the end of Thursday.

 ‘‘There was massive wind, a gale and for sure I thought it was going to storm and pour down, so instead of walking I ran the last three kilometres into Stanwell Tops.’’

Since his 50th birthday last January, Green has had a golden year. He won his second South Pacific singles title then helped NSW claim the Alley Shield.

He was also part of the Zone 13 side that won the NSW Inter-Zone title, won the NSW Grade 1 pennants title and Champions League crown with Taren Point and, last October, partnered Commonwealth Games gold medallist Wayne Turley to victory in the pairs at the NSW Championships.

‘‘It’s been my best year ever. Being able to do something like this, give something back, makes it extra special,’’ Green said.

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