27 October 2008
Golden Balls Carp & Match Charity Fundraiser for Cancer Research UK
After last years outstanding achievement in raising just under 21k, the guys and girls behind this incredible event made sure that they didn't loose any momentum and quickly set up a committee in order to get the best organisation and support they could for all involved.
The event was to be held at the magnificent Hawkhurst Fisheries Kent over the weekend of the 27th/28th of September with a slightly different format to last year's event.
This years event included four separate matches two Match competitions a Junior Match Competition and one 24hr Carp Match, bringing together some of the best anglers out there of all ages some as young as 10 years old.
I don't know of any other kind of charity event that brings the world of Match Angling and Carp Angling together for one joint goal in mind - to raise as much money as possible for Cancer Research UK.
This year's match competitions were organised by the one and only Tetly and I might add a number of the Musketeers Angling boys too. With a vast mix of talent on display the nets were quickly wet and the numbers of fish being landed from all over the lake soon started to stack up. There seemed to be more of an element of banter in this year's match it soon became apparent that the anglers were in a three way battle for the medals and the rest not to mention any names found more time for verbal exchanges regarding each others angling ability, nether the less day one turned out to be a very exciting match indeed.
Here's how day one panned out on the Match Lake
1st Mark Greenway 136-14
2nd Keith Pelling 134-00
3rd Darren Chaston 129-04
Now attention turned to the carp boys and girls including a newly wed couple spending their honey moon raising money for the cause (hats off to them)
For those of you that are not familiar with the rules regarding the draw, it's very simple who ever raises the most cash gets the honours, a fair deal if you ask me!. The match was held on all three lakes, the Main Lake, the Dove Lake and the Specimen Lake.
Really if you think you can raise a shed load of money get in touch with the team and put your case forward for next years match you never know you might walk away with the coveted trophy and of course the most important thing knowing you did a very great thing in supporting the event.
Well after last year the match anglers embarrassing the carp anglers it was time to get even, the bait was ready the traps were set the hooter had gone and what would happen, you could of heard a pin drop not a buzzer or a liner... nothing. Once again the smiles from the match boys told a telling tale, the carp anglers set in for the long wait as the heat and the high pressure put pay to the carps feeding habits.
Although the fishing wasn't as highly contested as the match guys it still went right up to the wire with Karen Dyer (newly wed) leading at one point with 18.4oz - until the Dutch destroyer Edwin Werters landed a whacker of 26.6 from the Specimen Lake. Last years winner and match organiser Frank Wheeler couldn't add to his total of 16.40z, and that's how it remained. A valiant effort from the anglers that took part in the match and a remarkable amount of money rose to add to the total.
By now the total had started to tot up quite nicely, especially as Wendy and the girls had the set up camp in the front car park tempting passers by with raffle tickets tombola and of course the magnificent hog roast, still the pressure was on to top last years total, would we do it?
Carp Match Results
WINNER 1st Edwin Werters – 26.6
2nd Karen Dyer – 18.4
3rd Frank Wheeler – 16.4
A Massive thank you to all the following guys for organising the junior match which saw some cracking fish landed, Tetly, Martin Wombell, Lee Reed, Dave Sage, Keith Pelling and Steve Kelly. The juniors played their part with enthusiasm and determination no matter how small some of the fish were they all counted.
SUNDAY MATCH JUNIOR WINNERS
1st Kieran Sage - 17.04oz
2nd Ben Goldsmith – 12.7oz
3rd Kieran Finn – 12.04oz
Sunday Match ADULT WINNERS:
1st Peter Allen - 195.08oz
2nd Nick Allen – 177.08oz
3rd Darren Law – 160.04oz
As all the match and carp anglers gathered around the Marquee in the presence of Cancer research reps Joyce, Nurses venue owner Tony Wilkinson, Barry Cale addressed the eager crowd and so to the part everyone was waiting for, the total, what would it be?
But before we get to the total, we still had the auction to take place up stood Simon with his cheeky grin to auction off some very exciting items indeed to help push the funds as high as possible, notably a rather fetching set of ladies camouflaged undies with Golden Balls logo.
So back to the total, would we reach the dizzy heights of last year, the honours were left to Tony Wilkinson, nerves were jangling as he said nothing and scratched his head "Well I honestly didn't think you would reach last years efforts but I am glad to say that you all have done an amazing job and you have raised
£21, 500 what an amazing effort from all involved, a quite outstanding achievement yet again''
Speaking to Barry moments after he told me that again it hadn't quite sunk in how much they had actually raised.
He was so proud to be involved in this event and how much depended in the help of every single person that had been involved in any way, the army of Golden Balls camo t-shirted fundraisers had blown him away with their efforts.
Barry, Wendy his family and the committee would like to thank anyone who played a part in helping to raise this staggering amount. Tony Wilkinson who provided an excellent venue and support from the outset, Justin at the Fresh Water Informer for all the press, and Cancer Research UK for their help in running the smooth admin. Every single angler that took part in the competition and the marshal's that gave up their time that all deserve praise for their efforts!
Personally I would like to congratulate everyone on organising a unique and heart warming event where the angling community came together for a great cause, helping to find a cure or at least aid the suffering of others battling with this disease.
Where would we be with out our sponsors, your support is such an important part of what we are trying to achieve.
This is with out doubt the one of the largest charity angling fund raisers on the calendar and I am asking all major manufactures, Shops and corporate companies to get in touch with us and commit to supporting us in any way you can, if you think you can help in any way please drop me a mail to email@example.com
Well done to every one and good luck for next year.
27 October 2008 5:03 PM