Bowls Victoria announces charity partnership with Pancare Foundation

Pancare Foundation has been a familiar name within the bowling community when one of their own, the late Chris O’Meagher, brought the work of the Foundation to the forefront during his battle with pancreatic cancer.

Affectionately known as Bear, for both his giant stature and giant heart, Chris was a beloved member of the Australian bowls community. His love of lawn bowls and competitive nature developed from a young age watching his parents, Geoff and Filo O’Meagher, who both competed at Commonwealth Games and World Bowl Championships.

After a gallantly fought ten-month battle with pancreatic cancer, Chris passed away in September 2018. He had been determined to attend the Victorian Open in November where Pancare was named official charity partner for the tournament.

Now, Pancare Foundation and Bowls Victoria once again unite to put the spotlight on Australia’s most deadly cancers.

“We are thrilled to have the support of Bowls Victoria and the wider bowling community take up the challenge with us in the fight against pancreatic and upper gastrointestinal cancers. These cancers have some of the lowest survival rates out of all the major cancers due to a lack of early detection and progress in research” said Pancare Foundation Chief Executive Officer, Barry Westhorpe.

“Bowls Victoria will be a driving force in raising awareness and actively participating in fundraising initiatives for Pancare Foundation. Together, we can achieve better outcomes for Victorian families that are impacted by these devastating cancers each year.”

Chief Executive Officer of Bowls Victoria, Tony Sherwill, described the partnership as a natural fit for bowls.

“Chris had a formidable presence around many bowling greens in Australia and since his passing the Victorian bowls community has rallied around the charity through fundraising. We hope that all Clubs will consider supporting this partnership when they host their next event or open day.”

Because of its relaxed pace, social interaction and low-impact, bowling can be a therapeutic form of exercise for patients receiving treatment for cancer. There are over 500 bowling clubs embedded into communities around Victoria. At each club you’ll find an inclusive, welcoming atmosphere to try bowling—or perhaps the perfect place to host your next fundraising event for Pancare Foundation!

To learn more, or to find your nearest bowling club in Victoria, visit Bowls Victoria.