The Penola Bowling Club recently held their 3rd Annual fundraising day for GI Cancer Research.
Rick Mitchell, an active member at the club, lost his wife Judy to GI Cancer in October 2013 at age 58. He wrote to us recently explaining that before her diagnosis ‘Judy was full of life and worked full time, enjoyed sports and we travelled with our caravan around parts of Australia as much as we could. . Judy loved our two sons and three grandchildren.’
In July 2011, Judy was diagnosed with GI cancer and went through surgery, then Chemo and Radiation over a 2 year period. After Judy passed, Rick approached the Penola Bowling Club to see if they would support him in fundraising for GI Cancer. We are very grateful to Rick & the Penola Bowling Club, who have been great supporters by continuing to hold a GI Cancer Research fundraiser every year since and raising over $800.
About Penola, SA : located in the Coonawarra wine region Penola is one of the oldest towns in south-east South Australia. The town is noted for its association with Mary MacKillop, a Josephite nun who in 1866 established Australia’s first school to cater for children regardless of their family’s income or social class. In 2010 she was canonised by the Vatican, making her the first Australian to be declared a saint. Penola is also noted for its literary roots – several Australian poets have been inspired by the landscape and lifestyle.