Petanque members converge for worthy cause

BOWLING arms were at the ready at the Claremont Petanque Club recently when it hosted a demonstration afternoon to help Glenorchy resident Serena Krasnicki raise funds for the World’s Greatest Shave.

With the help of local Member for Denison Scott Bacon, the club hosted a sausage sizzle, raffle and “come and see” petanque demonstration which saw more than 30 guests attend.

Proceeds from the event went to Ms Krasnicki, who aimed to raise at least $5,000 before undertaking her World’s Greatest Shave on Saturday 12 March at the York Hotel in Granton.

Ms Krasnicki, who is an aged carer from Glenorchy, said she had always felt “very strongly” about raising money for leukaemia.

“There are such a wide range of cancers out there and by undertaking the World’s Greatest Shave I am doing my part for the cause,” she said.

“Families who are suffering from leukaemia are going through enough without having to worry about finding funds and resources to pay for treatment.

“Hosting fundraising events such as this is a great way to get people to think about these issues and reflect on what these people are going through.”

After being approached by Ms Krasnicki, Mr Bacon said he thought it was a “good opportunity” to pair her up with the Claremont Petanque Club.

“This not only helps raise much-needed funds for Serena, but also raises awareness of petanque here in the Claremont area,” he said.

“I think Serena has done a magnificent job – she is very dedicated and has worked very hard to raise money for a good cause.

“It is also fantastic that Colleen Underwood and everyone here at the Claremont Petanque Club have put all this on to help Serena, as they recognise what a great job she has done.”

Claremont Petanque Club president Gary McIntosh said the club was “more than happy” to support good causes such as the World’s Greatest Shave.

“I think it is brilliant what Serena is doing and I wish I had the courage to do the same thing,” he said.

“It is definitely a heart-warming act to see someone move out of their comfort zone to help a worthy cause.”

Ms Krasnicki raised more than $2,000 to go towards the Leukaemia Foundation.

She said that although she was disappointed she didn’t reach her goal, she was still “very happy” with her effort.

“The day was excellent and when I looked in the mirror afterwards I was exhilarated,” she said.

“I actually really like my new look.”

For more information on the World’s Greatest Shave, visit http://worldsgreatestshave.com/

Caption: From left, Claremont Petanque Club committee member Colleen Underwood, local Member for Denison Scott Bacon and World’s Greatest Shave participant Serena Krasnicki.